Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Ricciardo Has Day to Forget as Vettel Wins GP

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Ricciardo Has Day to Forget as Vettel Wins GP

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MOTORSPORT: Sebastian Vettel has drawn first blood in the 2017 Formula 1 season, storming home to win in Melbourne after Aussie Daniel Ricciardo's trouble-plagued weekend forced him out of the race.

Vettel started behind Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton in the Australian Grand Prix, but the German was electric in his strategy and speed, using a pit stop to overtake the Brit early in the race.

He held his nerve, and the lead, right to the checkered flag, with Valteri Bottas third.

Engine failure on lap 29 forced Ricciardo out of a race he almost didn't make.

The Aussie's Melbourne visit went from bad to worse yesterday afternoon when he was forced to abandon the race just over half way.

"Sorry, mate, car's done. Let's get the **** out of here," Ricciardo said over the radio.

He later told reporters he was relieved to be "getting out of here".

"It's been a long week," Ricciardo said.

"Don't get me wrong, it's been fun, but I feel bad for everyone, bad for the fans. …

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