Vet­tel dom­i­nant Down Un­der as Web­ber bat­tles

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for our sport – that’s some­thing we don’t get ev­ery­where so we re­ally en­joy that.

‘‘ We have to keep com­ing here.’’

Vet­tel set the pace from the start when he kicked away to a clean start, leav­ing Hamil­ton and Web­ber to tus­sle for sec­ond, with the Aus­tralian los­ing out. ‘‘ The start was cru­cial and be­ing on the clean side I had a very good get­away but I didn’t know if it was enough un­til I saw Lewis and Mark were bat­tling for po­si­tion,’’ Vet­tel said.

‘‘ I was clear from that and then in the first stint I more or less tried to hold the gap.’’

Af­ter pit­ting for the first time he re­joined the field and ex­e­cuted a star­tling move on Jen­son But­ton’s McLaren, re­gain­ing the lead and eas­ing off to pro­tect his tyres, the race firmly in his con­trol.

Hamil­ton was as­tounded to find him­self in sec­ond spot af­ter a win­ter of dif­fi­cult test­ing which in­di­cated the McLaren was headed for the mid­dle of the pack.

‘‘ Just a week or two ago we were not ex­pect­ing to be any- where near the Hamil­ton said.

‘‘ Clearly we were catch­ing Se­bas­tian early on in the race. Strat­egy is one thing we can work on but this is some­thing we can have as a plat­form to take for­ward.’’

Vet­tel de­scribed his car as ‘‘ per­fect’’ but backed off from sug­gest­ing Red Bull would again dom­i­nate the sea­son.

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