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.