The 2018 Formula 1 (F1) season is off to a good start with an action-packed Australian Grand Prix. The first race of the year saw Scuderia-Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel cross the line for the win ahead of his rival and Mercedes-AMG driver Lewis Hamilton.
As the lights went out, Mercedes-AMG driver and pole-sitter Hamilton easily secured the lead heading into turn one, leaving the Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel in the dust. In a few laps, it looked like Hamilton would cruise to victory as he steadily built the lead over his rivals.
Things changed for the contenders when Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean had to retire within a lap of each other due to a cross-threaded wheel nut. The teammates had to park their cars on the side of the race track forcing the safety car to come out.
Hamilton and the rest of the grid had to slow down due to the incident. Ferrari, on the other hand, took the opportunity to pit in Vettel and switch to a fresh set of tires. This helped Vettel leapfrog into the lead where he stayed until the end of the race despite several challenges from his rival.
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The next race of the 2018 F1 season will happen on April 8 at Bahrain International Circuit. Will Mercedes-AMG Petronas bounce back? We only have two weeks until we find out.