Bottas had the dream start and slipped past Hamilton, who started on pole position, nearly as soon as the lights went out and his lead wasn't threatened as the Finn whizzed around Albert Park.
Despite Hamilton taking pole position in Melbourne, Bottas claimed the lead at the start and dominated the race, putting in a drive that Wolff described as reminiscent of some of his form as a junior driver. Mega effort to take P2. But instead, Leclerc was simply told to stay behind a much slower Vettel; nothing else.
At the start of the race weekend, Vettel had said the two Ferrari drivers were "free to race", even though Binotto had said the German would have "priority in certain situations". "We need to get back, have a good look and I'm sure we'll find something because we know that the auto is better than what we have seen today". "And we have not been able to exploit it through the weekend".
Red Bull's Pierre Gasly was the highest profile casualty of Q1, the Frenchman remarkably only good enough for 17th with Lance Stroll also a surprise omission from the rest of the afternoon, his Racing Point will start a place above Gasly.
Vettel survived a huge scare when clattering over the grass at Turn 11, just rescuing his Ferrari from potential catastrophe. I am sure for Ferrari that something has not been right this weekend but I am pretty sure that the vehicle is still good.
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"So working with what I was given, I think I did a relatively decent job".
"Today in the morning meeting when we talked about strategy, I forbade them to go for the fastest lap if we were running first, second or third", said Wolff.
"Do we understand that yet?" "I remain convinced that we have a good auto".
"It's something that we need to try and understand", he said.
And despite Stroll's early emission from qualifying, there was something to cheers about back at the Acronis Mission Control Centre in Silverstone, Perez giving himself a decent shot at points on race day.
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"But it's still a great start to the year and more than we could have hoped as a team".
"Usually after the first four races you get a better idea of where we all stand".
It will encourage drivers and teams to weigh up the risk and reward of such a decision and will become a fascinating aspect to championship battles later in the season.
When asked how he saw the season panning out, he said: "I've been here a long, long time and I've never known after the first race". "I have been here a long, long time, it is a long year to go and there is a lot of knowledge that we can take from this race", he said.
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