Ferrari's Vettel wins Aust Grand Prix

The Australian endured a wretched home grand prix: he crashed in qualifying, copped a grid penalty, started the race from pit lane, then his vehicle stopped on lap 29 of the 58-lap race.

What the Melbourne race and Ricciardo got instead was nothing but ill fortune.

Ricciardo limped back to the pits and eventually started the race two laps down after a reset but did not even make it halfway through the full distance, retiring on lap 25.

"Sorry mate. auto is done".

By contrast, Ricciardo endured a miserable race.

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Red Bull Racing insists Formula 1's ban on trick suspension systems did not play a role in it trailing Ferrari and Mercedes at the Australian Grand Prix. 26 March 2017. The Age News.

Daniel Ricciardo is planning a quick escape after his home race in Australia ended with a DNF finish.

Lewis Hamilton got the early jump from pole position.

In terms of the Melbourne race at least, and in stark contrast to Ricciardo, Carey's hope came true.

With Ricciardo enduring a weekend to forget at his home event - thanks to a spin in qualifying and a fuel cell issue putting him out of the race - Verstappen could manage no better than fifth.

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Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen finished fifth behind race victor Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari, with Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas second and third respectively.

His lead for about two-thirds of the race was maintained and he went on to win the famous Italian team's first race since 2015.

Then, midway through the race, the engine on his Red Bull Racing vehicle gave up. "Ferrari have been very impressive here and probably had the quickest auto". From then on the pace wasn't too bad, I could follow him pretty well which was a nice surprise and I had no pressure from behind me.

However, prior to the race, the team spotted a problem with a gearbox sensor and were faced a race against time to get Ricciardo's auto to the grid.

Even Ricciardo, who placed fourth in Australia previous year and is immensely popular with the local crowd, had to shake his head as he reported back over the team radio "I guess we can't save it. Let's get. out of here".

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