Vettel pleased to start Ferrari career with podium finish (VIDEO)

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Sebastian Vettel was pleased to get his Ferrari career off to a successful start by finishing third in today’s Australian Grand Prix behind the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Starting fourth, Vettel entered a race-long battle with Felipe Massa on lap one of the race, and managed to pass the Brazilian through the pit stops after going three laps longer on his first stint.

The ex-Red Bull driver then controlled the gap to Massa for the rest of the race, crossing the line 3.6 seconds ahead of the Williams driver to finish third.

Given the imperious pace of the Mercedes drivers at the front of the field, finishing as the ‘best of the rest’ in third place was perhaps the best result that Vettel could have wished for in Australia.

To make the result all the sweeter for Vettel, Red Bull picked up just eight points in total as Daniel Ricciardo finished sixth, with Daniil Kvyat failing to start the race thanks to a gearbox failure on his installation lap.

It may be early days in 2015, but Vettel’s decision to jump ship and move to Ferrari already appears to be paying dividends.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.