Lewis Hamilton's Melbourne Malady

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After claiming a record breaking pole position on Saturday, could Lewis Hamilton cement it by winning the race? Read on to find out what happened.

Lewis Hamilton's Melbourne Malady

Lewis Hamilton was in sparkling form in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday. Not only did he break the record at that circruit, he also claimed a gap of six tenths of a second away from Raikennon, his nearest rival. Vettel was third, and Verstappen fourth. This was his seventy third pole, and he now sets his own records, no man can match that.

Valtteri Bottas had been looking strong earlier in qualifying, but in Q3, he lost control of his car, which mounted the grass , and a substantial amount of damage was done. It was an uncertain start to 2018 for him, which is a shame, as he had already declared his intention of improving his performance in the new car. Later he had to have a gear box change, which relegated him right down to fifteenth place to start, at a track where is is notoriously difficult to over take.

Ricciardo also had a three place penalty for failing to slow for red flags in qualifying, and he grumbled profusely to the Press at what he felt was an injustice. He would be starting in eighth place.

On Raceday

The forecast had been for rain, but it was dry and quite hot for the race. Lewis was flanked by the Ferrari drivers, without Bottas to back him, as he was further down the track. But this did not phase Lewis, he made an excellent start, and was soon, pulling away from Kimi. Vettel seemed to lack the same pace, but was just about staying in touch with them.

Lewis led the race , and he looked to be in dominant form. He pitted after Kimi and he was then second to Vettel, who had not yet pitted. Then after about twenty five laps, both Haas cars stopped on the track, and it was decided that a virtual safety car would come out, which meant that everyone had to drive at about fifty miles an hour. So Vettel used this opportunity to go in for a pit stop, and to get his tyres changed. So because he could go faster, when he emerged, he was in front of Lewis. Although Lewis fought valiantly until the last lap, even with superior speed, he could not overtake Vettel, so ended up second. It was such a pity that he could not overtake, this is a big fault with modern formula one cars.

Verstappen had a very scrappy race, he kept hitting the kerb, and at one point his car spun right round before he managed to gain control of it. There is no doubt that he is very fast, but he needs to learn racecraft, and have better control of his car in races, not just for himself, but for any others that he might take out in his efforts to go fast.

Kimi was third, , Ricciardo got himself up to fourth, and Alonso was fifth, a great performance from him in the new McLaren. Bottas managed to get into the top ten, coming up from fifteenth. Although it is legal for a driver to pit whilst the safety car is out, it is a sort of grey area as far as some people are concerned. It definitely gives them an advantage, which was proved in the race.

Afterwards

After the race, Mercedes investigated what went wrong, and it appeared they had a problem with their software. The telemetry was indicating that Lewis had fifteen seconds leeway to avoid being caught, but in fact it was only twelve, which enabled Vettel to steal his position. Toto Wolff explained it was a team error, and that Lewis had done nothing wrong. It was even more infuriating, as previous to that, he was not doing his fastest time, but saving his engine, and if the team could have foreseen what would happen, he could have responded, and won the race.

Lewis was gracious in defeat as always to Vettel, but I am sure his sights are now set on the next race in Bahrain, in two weeks, where he will once again want to prevail. We have anther twenty races to go, and there will be lots of ups and downs along the way, which is what makes Formula One so exciting. Knowing what a professional team they are, I am sure Mercedes will sort out their software problem, so it doesn't happen again.
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Alonso, Australian Grand Prix, Bottas, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pole Postion, Raikkenon, Ricciardo, Toto Wollf, Verstappen, Vettel

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