These two greats of the current F1 generation have never locked horns over a full season. But the first race of 2017 suggests that may be about to change.
Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2017 Australian Grand Prix weekend.
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Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez, Antonio Giovinazzi and Fernando Alonso are F1 Fanatic’s Star Performers for the first race of 2017.
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A dejected Daniel Ricciardo said “let’s get out of here” after things went from bad to worse in the Australian Grand Prix.
F1’s return to more durable tyres was widely predicted to reduce the number of pit stops seen during the race, and so it proved.
Faster cars, more durable tyres – and an aborted start – produced the shortest Australian Grand Prix ever seen at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.
Sebastian Vettel led a revitalised Ferrari to victory in the first race of 2017 by outfoxing Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton in the pits at Albert Park.
Which Formula One driver performed the best throughout the 2017 Australian Grand Prix weekend? Compare how they did and vote for the best.
The cars of 2017 may be much faster than last year’s in the races but it seems the fears drivers would find it hard to overtake have been realised.
The first grand prix of 2017 revealed F1’s new cars have gained even more performance in race trim than they have over a single lap.
Sebastian Vettel revealed the strategy which won him the Australian Grand Prix was almost ruined when he got stuck behind Lance Stroll.
The original start of the Australian Grand Prix was aborted due to momentary confusion over whether the field was ready.
Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said it was “incomprehensible” Kevin Magnussen avoided a penalty for his first-lap collision with Marcus Ericsson.
Lance Stroll was forced onto a two-stop strategy after flat-spotting a tyre in a near-miss at the first corner in the Australian Grand Prix.
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene admitted he was disappointed to only have one of his cars on the podium as the team took its first win for a year.
Formula One drivers said the first race of 2017 confirmed concerns its new rules have made it much more difficult to overtake.
Kevin Magnussen has been cleared over his collision with Marcus Ericsson on the first lap of the Australian Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo was unable to start the Australian Grand Prix from the grid after suffering a problem on his installation lap.