It’s all about the number five for Sebastian Vettel when the Formula One season kicks off on Sunday with the Australian Grand Prix. It is the personal start number of the German on his Scuderia Ferrari SF71H car, and a 2018 title would be Seb’s fifth overall, five years after taking four straight between 2010 and 2013 at Red Bull. His main rival is again holder Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes who is also seeking a fifth world championship.
Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were the pace-setters in Q1 and Q2, with all the teams (except Red Bull) choosing to run the ultrasoft tyres – the softest Pirelli compound available in Melbourne – from the start. Unfortunately, after a close-fought battle against Mercedes and Red Bull, Scuderia Ferrari had to settle with second and third place ahead of the 2018 Australian Grand Prix, which kicks off at 4 p.m. local time in Melbourne on Sunday (6 a.m. UK).
“I think we can be happy. Yesterday I wasn’t happy, I didn’t really feel the car. It just kept coming better in Qualifying.” – Sebastian said, at the end of the qualifying session in Melbourne – “On the last lap I had a bit of a moment into 13, I tried to brake really late and it didn’t work. It was really close and it’s exciting for us when it’s that close. Shame that Lewis had quite a big gap at the end but I guess his lap was pretty good. Looking forward to tomorrow, I think we improved the car and we’ll see what happens tomorrow. It is very close, we saw yesterday on the long runs that pace is very close. It’s not the easiest place to overtake but who knows. We have an opportunity at the start and the race, who knows. I’m really happy for the team, it’s a good result. Let’s get going.” – Scuderia Ferrari’s German driver concluded.