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F1 2018: 5 things we learned from the Australian GP

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857   //    26 Mar 2018, 02:01 IST

Australian F1 Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel wins the first Grand Prix of the season

The Formula 1 season began with the Australian Grand Prix, and it did not fail to entertain the fans. The race was aggressive and drama-filled. Lewis Hamilton started in pole position with Raikkonen and Vettel in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

However, as a result of the safety car incident, following Romain Grosjean's retirement, Vettel took the lead and Hamilton fell to 2nd place while Raikkonen slipped to 3rd. This incident allowed some drivers like Alonso and Ricciardo to take advantage and finish higher in the grid.

Without further ado, let's take a look at the five things that we learned from the first Grand Prix of the 2018-19 season:

#5 Haas was very impressive but unfortunate

Haas showed great improvement from last season
Haas showed great improvement from last season

Haas' cars had already looked impressive during the practice sessions and the qualifying round.

Kevin Magnussen earned himself the 6th spot on the grid after the qualifying round, and Romain Grosjean was 7th.

Magnussen's start was brilliant, as he went up to the 4th place in the very first corner, overtaking Ricciardo and Verstappen.

He then took control over that spot and did not let an aggressive Verstappen overtake him. Grosjean also did well and went ahead of Ricciardo, and took the 5th spot.

However, when everything was going brilliantly for the Haas drivers, Magnussen made his first pit-stop in the 20th lap.

The Haas team made an error while changing the tyres, which made Magnussen retire immediately.

It was Deja Vu for the Hass team, as they made the same mistake with Grosjean in the next lap, forcing him to retire as well.

Both Magnussen and Grosjean were going brilliantly until this unfortunate incident. Had they continued without any reliability problems, both the drivers would have earned a spot in the Top five maybe.

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