Sizzling Seb still the one

Townsville Bulletin - - Motor Sports - Townsville Bul­letin

WORLD cham­pion Se­bas­tian Vet­tel blazed to vic­tory in the Aus­tralian Grand Prix then im­me­di­ately urged the event be re­tained.

The 23-year-old won an in­ci­dent-free sea­son-opener in Mel­bourne by 22.2 sec­onds from the McLaren of Lewis H a mi l t o n w i t h R u s s i a n Re­nault driver Vi­taly Petrov a cred­itable third.

Again there was heartache for lo­cal hope Mark Web­ber, who started from third on the grid and trailed home a dis­ap­point­ing fifth – still his best fin­ish here – be­hind Fer­rari’s Fer­nando Alonso.

‘‘ I wish it was al­ready to­mor­row, it was frus­trat­ing,’’ Web­ber said.

‘‘ I wanted to get more out of it and I think we could have got more out of it.’’

All week­end Vet­tel had b e e n a s e c o nd o r more quicker than the Aus­tralian and Red Bull boss Chris­tian Horner said the team needed to look into the dis­par­ity.

Vet­tel sent out a clear warn­ing he will not be sur­ren­der­ing his For­mula One ti­tle with­out a fierce battle.

He be­gan from pole po­si­tion af­ter a light­ning run in qual­i­fy­ing on Satur­day and led from the start apart from b r i e f l y when h e p i t t e d , ex­e­cut­ing his plan with pre­ci­sion.

Af­ter his vic­tory Vet­tel, clearly dis­mayed at the con­tin­ual de­bate over the value of the Aus­tralian race, made a point of throw­ing his sup­port be­hind the event.

‘‘ It is re­ally al­ways very nice to come here,’’ Vet­tel said af­ter clinch­ing his 11th ca­reer win.

‘‘ The at­mos­phere is some­thing spe­cial. You do the driv­ers’ pa­rade and you see the peo­ple go­ing crazy.

‘‘ It’s nice to see so many peo­ple com­ing and cheer­ing

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