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Ferrari competitive, but Mercedes' poor pit strategy decided Australian GP

Ferrari and its German driver Sebastian Vettel opted for a winning strategy on Sunday at the Australian Grand Prix, with Vettel managing to snatch the 43rd victory of his career.

The race was decided in the pit lanes, with Mercedes opting for a risky strategy by having United Kingdom's Lewis Hamilton come in early on lap 17 with a clear lead ahead of Vettel in second. Mercedes' gamble did not pay off as Vettel took the lead from Hamilton when the Brit emerged from the pit lane behind him, Bottas (also Mercedes), Finnish Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) and Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull).

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Vettel wins Australian Grand Prix, Hamilton and Bottas complete the podium

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel stormed to victory ahead of the UK's Lewis Hamilton and Finland's Valtteri Bottas at the Australian Grand Prix here on Sunday, giving the Italian team a second victory in 18 months. In a surprise win, Ferrari demonstrated that the team is now equipped to challenge Mercedes' recent dominance.

Sunday's result is Vettel's 43rd victory of his career, 18 months after his last win with Ferrari in September 2015 at the Singapore Grand Prix.

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Hamilton takes Pole at 2017 Australian Grand Prix, Vettel competitive on the front row

Mercedes superstar Lewis Hamilton secured the 62nd pole position of his Formula One career in the qualifying session for the season's first Grand Prix, the Australian GP in Melbourne on Sunday.

Three-time world champion Hamilton posted a time of 1:22:188, which he secured in the final seconds of Q3, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas.

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Race Calendar: 2017 Formula One Season

Following is the race schedule for Formula One 2017 Championship which starts in Melbourne on March 26:

March 26: Australia (Melbourne)

April 9: China (Shanghai)

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Williams Appoints Paddy Lowe as Chief Technical Officer

Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (Ticker: WGF1) is pleased to announce the appointment of Paddy Lowe as Chief Technical Officer for the Williams Group.

Paddy will join Williams today, 16 March, and will take overall management responsibility for the engineering operation at Grove. Paddy will also join the company’s Board of Directors and take a shareholding in the company, underlining his passion and commitment to working with Claire Williams and Mike O’Driscoll to drive the Williams Group forward. 

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Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda renew contracts with Mercedes till 2020

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport announced today that Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda have signed new contracts which will keep them with the World Champion team until the end of 2020. This date aligns with the expiration of the current Commercial Agreement with Formula One Management.

Niki Lauda began working with Mercedes in late 2012. Since 2013, he has held the role of Non-Executive Chairman of the board of Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd and holds a 10% stake in the Team.

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Williams retain Paul di Resta as Reserve Driver for 2017

Williams announced today that Paul Di Resta will remain as its official Reserve Driver for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship season.

Paul made his Formula One debut in 2009 as a test driver with the Force India Formula One Team, after winning the European Formula 3 Championship in 2006. Paul went on to secure the DTM title in 2010 before making his Formula One debut in 2011 with Force India where he spent three seasons with the team, scoring a total of 121 points.

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