Vettel dominant Down Under as Webber battles
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.