Sebastian Vettel said he didn’t have an easy race in Melbourne despite winning by over 20 seconds.
Speaking in the post-race press conference he said: “I don’t think it was an easy race.
“Obviously the start was crucial, being on the clean side I had a very good get-away but I didn’t know if it was enough until I saw that Lewis and Mark were battling for position. So I was clear with that.
“And then the first stint I was more or less trying to hold the gap. But we saw how quickly you reach, at some point, the cliff, and the tyres start to see some more degradation. Lewis caught up, we came in, I think it was the right timing, just, I couldn’t really have done more laps.
“After my stop obviously it was crucial to get past Jenson which I could do immediately so that was very, very important.
“After that I think the second part of the race I didn’t know what was going on behind Lewis, if he was under pressure or not. So with him dropping off in terms of threat, and the amount of pressure he put on, I could obviously control the situation.
“All in all a very good race. I think there was a lot of things to learn today. We need to definitely have another look onto the race and move forwards from here.
Vettel said he thought the rules changes over the winter had been “very positive”:
“I think we have to make some compliments to Pirelli. Obviously after the tests we were all a bit scared coming here and in the end we didn’t see as many stops as expected. All in all, I think it was a smooth race.
“The rear wing, I think, is still very fresh, this is a special circuit. Turn one I don’t think is the best place for overtaking in the whole year so we need to see but surely it helps to come closer.
“I was coming closer to Jenson which helped me two corners later to pass him. So I think it worked as expected, obviously I can only judge with me I don’t know what happened behind.”
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