How Ferrari threw away Melbourne victory

How Ferrari threw away Melbourne victory

Ferrari was all set to start the 2016 Formula 1 season with a win, despite not being as fast as Mercedes around Melbourne. It only has itself to blame for failing to do so, says BEN ANDERSON

Formula 1 is a cruel game, where luck often plays a part in whether you succeed or fail. But you can also earn your own luck with smart thinking and hard work, and you certainly cannot get away with poor decisions and sloppy strategy.

Ferrari should be kicking itself after this race. The 2016 F1 season began against a backdrop of handwringing over a failed experiment with the qualifying format, and the likely prospect of yet another one-two finish for Mercedes, yet within yards of the start Sebastian Vettel had thrust his SF16-H between the two silver cars and delivered what the decision-makers were hoping for all along.

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