Mercedes started the 2019 season with a one-to-two championship at the Australian Grand Prix, although the first-place finisher was not the current world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Not Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel, Australia’s Formula1 season championship racer, Valtteri Bottas. The Finnish rider surpassed Hamilton from the start after his teammate started slowly in pole position. Even, Bottas can get bonus points thanks to the fastest race.
Leaving the team mate over led Hamilton to be left quite faraway because he had to focus on keeping Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to take second place. Of course, when Verstappen passed in 3rd place, This is clearly a sad day for Vettel and Ferrari racing team.
“Why are we so slow?” Vettel asked his racing team after two-thirds of the race. “At this point, we don’t know”, someone answered. Rather, that’s all Ferrari’s story at the Australian Grand Prix.
Because before the 2019 season kicked off, many people thought Mercedes and Ferrari would not be inferior in speed. Instead, Bottas and Hamilton were overwhelming from the beginning, while Vettel pointed to fourth and Charles Leclerc to 5th. Particularly for Bottas, the Finnish driver even got a bonus point for reaching time.
It seems that after 2018 it is difficult not to win any stage compared to 11 podium wins and Hamilton and Bottas world championships are very determined this year. Of course, by winning in Australia, he showed his ambition to compete with his teammates and deserved to be a candidate after his impressive performance at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit.
Similarly, the Ferrari racing team, where Vettel can feel the pressure from teammate Leclerc. The Monaco driver made some minor mistakes in Ferrari’s debut, but, thanks to a late stop, he had newer tires of Vettel inthe following rounds. Leclerc quickly closed the gap of 12 seconds between them before following Vettel in the final round.