The weekend’s season-opening race bodes very well for the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship, doesn’t it?

For starters, a red car, not a silver one, won. And not only did it win under the control of Sebastian Vettel, it dominated. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton had no answer for the Ferrari’s pace, which is something we haven’t said for a very, very long time.

F1’s drastic aerodynamic changes played a pivotal part in the result. Pace was significantly faster – the quickest lap was just shy of 2.5sec shorter than last year’s – and the larger, more durable tyres allowed drivers to push for longer.

It was the reason Vettel was able to jump polesitter Hamilton after the first stops to take the lead, because he could keep the hammer down while Hamilton got stuck behind Max Verstappen’s Red Bull, having pitted before his rivals.

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