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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (left) congratulating Sebastian Vettel after the Ferrari driver beat him by almost 10 seconds. Valtteri Bottas came third on his Mercedes debut.

"On the plus side, I'm getting out of here", Ricciardo said after a race won by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. The pace they showed in testing was obviously true.

Bottas struggled with the ultrasoft tires in the first stint. "For all these things to happen at my home race, that's probably the most frustrating thing", Ricciardo said.

The upset result will resonate with fans across the globe who have been hoping to see a change at the top, and Vettel was ecstatic about his 43rd career victory.

"I am concerned because we have very, very strict processes that for 21 races have worked beautifully, so something went amiss", said Westacott. "It's through strategy and pit-stop that we are racing right now". Now the rules are all new - but if there is a Shanghai train, then we will have confirmation that Formula One's Brave New World of fatter, faster cars was just an illusion.

"But I couldn't go any further".

"We've got a real race on our hands and it's a challenge we will relish".

" For all of us, it is a positive surprise". Lap after lap Alonso used his class to keep his underpowered auto ahead, until suspension failure enabled his rivals to mug him on the 52 lap. The guys didn't get much sleep, auto really behaving well, incredible fun to drive, a lovely day.

" Obviously I was lapping a few laps down". We tried to build a good auto by putting things together. It was still valuable track time.

"But we just weren't quick enough today and that's why Sebastian is the deserved victor". There was nothing - it was just instant. That is why I was able to stay in front! I feel bad for everyone, bad for the fans.

The rear wings on cars have become wider and lower, creating more downforce and leading to destablised air for cars trailing others. When Mercedes is winning nearly every race, it's easy to see why people think that.

"I only saw a very small part of the preparation and it's nice to see the work has pulled off and we're fighting at the front". It was a pretty big surprise what we were doing, but in the end we couldn't complete it.

"The biggest problem was that when Nico decided suddenly overnight that he was not going to race with us anymore, we were standing there with open mouths", Lauda told Sky Sports F1. This track is hard, very narrow, very bumpy, where you need experience.

"I think the fact that we are similar pace-wise... it's going to be a very, very hard slog this season I think".