Australian GP debrief: Plastic bag woes for Sergey Sirotkin, a different side to Romain Grosjean and more...
An alternative recap from Australia and some social media reaction
Last Updated: 13/12/18 2:45pm
It featured some very odd retirements, a great display of team spirit and was followed by a cracking Kimi Raikkonen selfie. Here are some things you might have missed from a fascinating Australian GP.
Romain Grosjean is often seen as a bit of a moaner in the F1 paddock, but this show of camaraderie deserves nothing but respect. After a dodgy pit-stop ruined his race while he was running in fourth the Frenchman would have had every right to be livid, but consoled the mechanic in question. Great stuff.
The Frenchman shared the picture on Instagram, posting: "We win and lose together." He also had this message for fans.
Grosjean's retirement wasn't the only botched wheel fitting from Haas, of course, with Kevin Magnussen the first unlucky driver. F1 really is brutal...
But the strangest retirement of the day? That surely has to be Sergey Sirotkin's. The rookie may not have been in the reckoning for points, but the reasoning for his DNF really does beggar belief.
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"Our provisional analysis is that a plastic bag has been collected on the circuit, completely blocking the brake cooling, so that the right rear corner caught fire and eventually failed the hydraulics circuit," said Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe.
Спасибо всем за поддержку! 5 кругов гонки далеко не тот результат, к которому мы стремимся. У нас есть потенциал и мы проведем работу, чтобы его раскрыть. Увидимся в Бахрейне🇧🇭 Thanks everyone for your support! 5 laps in Race is not what we wanted. We have all the potential and we will work more than ever to open it! See you in Bahrain🇧🇭 _______________________________________ @williamsmartiniracing @smp_racing @f1 #AusGP #WeAreRacing #williams #FW41 #F1 #TeamSirotkin #SupportSirotkin #smp #smpracing #s35 #martini #sirotkin #f1 #formula1 #formulaone #williams #williamsmartiniracing #russianteam #motorsport #болеемзанаших #россиявперед ⚪🔵🔴
It was a happy day for Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, with the race-winner now looking to push on to Bahrain.
Who doesn't love Kimi Raikkonen's Instagram posts? He only joined the site a few months ago, but this selfie just sums up the Iceman after finishing third.
And he enjoyed his flight home, too...
It was "back to the drawing board" for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, despite dominating most of the Melbourne weekend.
Overall, this weekend has been positive. Congrats to Seb and the guys in red, today they did the better job and we go back to the drawing board. We still have great pace and are looking forward to putting all of the learnings to the test in Bahrain #AusGP #F1 @MercedesAMGF1 pic.twitter.com/B2KPiQvYW3— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) March 25, 2018
A hectic week for Daniel Ricciardo is over, unfortunately without a first home GP podium.
Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen will "be back stronger" in Bahrain...
Not the result we hoped for. From lap 1 on I had a lot of oversteer, which made my afternoon difficult on a circuit where overtaking is already hard. Not much more to say other than I will be back stronger in Bahrain #keeppushing #AusGP pic.twitter.com/1q0RlmE3d0— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) March 25, 2018
The McLaren drivers were happy after their double-points finish in the team's first race with Renault power, and a Happy Birthday is in order for Stoffel Vandoorne!
Fernando Alonso led the team in fifth, and is now targeting Red Bull after a successful start to the 2018 season.
It wasn't such a fun afternoon for Spanish compatriot Carlos Sainz. He secured points for Renault, but was feeling queasy throughout...
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