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Australian GP: Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel beats Lewis Hamilton in season opener

Published 0924 GMT (1724 HKT) March 26, 2017
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Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari celebrates winning the 2017 F1 Australian Grand Prix. SAEED KHAN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The victory was the German driver's first since winning the Singapore GP in 2015. Robert Cianflone/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Vettel started second on the grid but overtook race leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes after 17 laps. Mark Thompson/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Vettel would refuse to return the lead for the remainder of the race. Mark Thompson/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Hamilton cut a frustrated figure for much of the Melboune contest as he sought to close the gap on Vettel. Mark Thompson/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
But the Ferrari driver had too much for Hamilton, eventually winning by a margin of 9.975 seconds. Clive Mason/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes (near) finished third while Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari finished fourth. Robert Cianflone/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images