Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2017 Australian Grand Prix weekend.
Max Verstappen’s expression seems to say a lot here. Red Bull were not the force many expected them to be in the first race of 2017.
A surprise call-up for Antonio Giovinazzi meant the Ferrari reserve driver ended up driving a Sauber in the race. Might he one day become Italy’s next driver to race for its historic team?
Giovinazzi wasn’t the only person taking a good look at the Ferrari…
…but they gave as good as they got.
Daniel Ricciardo’s home weekend was a crushing disappointment. He crashed in Q3 and a technical problem meant he joined the race two laps after it started. Late in the race the team took the decision to turn down his engine – but it failed anyway. Surely things can only get better from here.
Earlier in the weekend Verstappen had predicted the driver who was led at turn one would win the race but unfortunately for Lewis Hamilton it didn’t work our that way.
The McLaren-Honda MCL32 didn’t deserves a points finished but Fernando Alonso almost scored one.
The first race of the year indicated Mercedes are no longer the all-conquering force they once were. However Hamilton appears to relish having a fight on his hands.
Sebastian Vettel gave Ferrari their 225th grand prix victory, and potentially a very significant one.
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2017 Australian Grand Prix
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year
- Red Bull ran Verstappen’s car without a drinks bottle in Australia
- Renault fix Palmer’s Melbourne problems
- Melbourne win “doesn’t mean much” – Vettel
- Mercedes explain why 2017’s first race had so little passing