Ferrari sprang a surprise on the opening weekend of the 2017 season as they threatened Mercedes' dominance of the sport with Vettel winning in just under 10 seconds from Hamilton.
Mercedes new boy Valtteri Bottas was third but it was a chastening home GP for Daniel Ricciardo, who was forced to retire.
Lewis Hamilton (2nd, Mercedes)
I didn't really know how quick they were going to be in the race. The pace they showed in testing was obviously true. Today, their speed particularly in that first stint on the ultrasoft tyres was fantastic. To be honest my real strength wasn't until right at the end of the race, but it was far too late by then. It's always been tough to follow in Formula 1. It's definitely for me a lot worse, as I'd anticipated. I hope that doesn't mean that for the rest of the year it's more of a train. I don't know if it was exciting for you guys to watch. But for me personally I want to be closer up with cars and more close wheel-to-wheel battling. It's really with strategy through pit stops that we're racing right now. It's really just set-up and things we'll be able to change for next time to make things better. Just got to make sure you stay up in front. But it's great - we've got a race on our hands!
Sebastian Vettel (1st, Ferrari)
For all of us, it is a positive surprise. The big difference was being able to deliver a really good car... I think the new car in general obviously is fantastic and is a great reward, a big relief for everyone.
Valtteri Bottas (3rd, Mercedes)
The team has been so welcoming. We've worked really hard for this first race to be ready. Everything went nice and smoothly. Just the red guys, they are a bit too quick. We need to work harder and we are definitely ready for that. I'm ready for that. This is a start, starting with the podium and if we improve on this I look forward to the next few races. This track has never been fantastic for me in qualifying, but today the race was good. As a team I think we did a good job with the car we had. Ferrari was quicker today, no doubt about that, so they did a better job this weekend.
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