Melbourne, March 25, 2018 – Pit stop strategy was central to the outcome of the Australian Grand Prix. Ferrari driver #sebastianvettel took advantage of a longer first stint to then make a pit stop under safety car conditions. This put him in first place, in front of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who had led from pole and made his own stop in green flag conditions earlier in the race in response to an initial stop from Ferrari’s #kimiraikkonen. The vast majority of drivers stopped just once, going from ultrasoft to soft, but a different strategy was used by Red Bull, with both drivers starting on supersoft before moving onto soft. #danielricciardo ended up just off the podium in a close finish, despite a grid penalty. Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne also used a different strategy, starting on the ultrasoft and finishing in the points on the supersoft.
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