Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel powers through a curve during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 26, 2017. William West  / AFP
Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel powers through a curve during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 26, 2017. William West / AFP

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel wins Australian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton fails to get to grips in Melbourne

Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix ahead of the Mercedes-GP cars of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

The four-time world champion put on an impressive display of speed and tactical awareness to illustrate Ferrari’s credentials as genuine championship contenders.

It had been Hamilton who had led the opening laps in Melbourne, but the Briton complained regularly on the pit radio about the lack of grip he was getting from his Pirelli tyres, with Vettel content to sit never more than two seconds adrift.


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Mercedes brought in Hamilton after only 17 laps of the 57-lap race, but he then lost time behind Max Verstappen’s Red Bull Racing car, who was yet to pit, allowing Vettel to open up an advantage in the extra eight laps he stayed out ahead of the Mercedes before pitting.

Hamilton had no answer to Vettel’s pace after the pit stops and he was 10 seconds adrift by the end, with Bottas in third.

The second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, with Verstappen fifth and the Williams of Felipe Massa completing the top six.

It was Ferrari’s first win in Melbourne since Raikkonen’s victory in 2007 and Vettel’s second in Australia after winning the 2011 race with Red Bull.

It was also a major fillip for the 2017 season and the new generation of quicker cars after Ferrari’s superior pre-season test times as they chase their first world constructors’ title since 2008.

It was the German four-time world champion’s fourth win for Ferrari and his first since Singapore in 2015 and his 43rd career win.

“A title challenge is a long way ahead. For now we are just over the moon at the start we have made here today,” Vettel said.

“I was not entirely happy with my start, there was a bit of wheel spin, but I was trying to keep the pressure on to give the message that we are here to fight.

“There was a bit of luck that Lewis came out in traffic.”

“A big congratulations to Ferrari and Sebastian,” Hamilton said.

“In the race, I struggled with the tyres. I had to stop very early and I got stuck behind one of the Red Bulls but that’s just the way it goes.”

Results from the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park, Melbourne, on Sunday:

1. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 302.000km at 1hr 24min 11.670 sec

(average speed 215.409 kph)

2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) at 9.975

3. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) at 11.250

4. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) at 22.393

5. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) at 28.827

6. Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams) at 1:23.386

7. Sergio Perez (MEX/Force India) at 1 lap

8. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Toro Rosso) at 1 lap

9. Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Toro Rosso) at 1 lap

10. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Force India) at 1 lap

11. Nico Hulkenberg (GER/Renault) at 1 lap

12. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA/Sauber) at 2 laps

13. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL/McLaren) at 2 laps

Not classified:

Fernando Alonso (ESP/McLaren) retired 50 laps

Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas) retired 46 laps

Lance Stroll (CAN/Williams) retired 40 laps

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) retired 25 laps

Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber) retired 21 laps

Jolyon Palmer (GBR/Renault) retired 15 laps

Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas) retired 13 laps

Overall standings after one race:


1. Vettel 25 pts

2. Hamilton 18

3. Bottas 15

4. Raikkonen 12

5. Verstappen 10

6. Massa 8

7. Perez 6

8. Sainz Jr 4

9. Kvyat 2

10. Ocon 1


1. Ferrari 37 pts

2. Mercedes 33

3. Red Bull 10

4. Williams 8

5. Force India 7

6. Toro Rosso 6

* With additional reporting from Agence France-Presse

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While the taste of beans and freshness of roast is paramount to the specialty coffee scene, so is sustainability and workers’ rights.

The bulk of genuine specialty coffee companies aim to improve on these elements in every stage of production via direct relationships with farmers. For instance, Mokha 1450 on Al Wasl Road strives to work predominantly with women-owned and -operated coffee organisations, including female farmers in the Sabree mountains of Yemen.

Because, as the boutique’s owner, Garfield Kerr, points out: “women represent over 90 per cent of the coffee value chain, but are woefully underrepresented in less than 10 per cent of ownership and management throughout the global coffee industry.”

One of the UAE’s largest suppliers of green (meaning not-yet-roasted) beans, Raw Coffee, is a founding member of the Partnership of Gender Equity, which aims to empower female coffee farmers and harvesters.

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Important questions to consider

1. Where on the plane does my pet travel?

There are different types of travel available for pets:

  • Manifest cargo
  • Excess luggage in the hold
  • Excess luggage in the cabin

Each option is safe. The feasibility of each option is based on the size and breed of your pet, the airline they are traveling on and country they are travelling to.


2. What is the difference between my pet traveling as manifest cargo or as excess luggage?

If traveling as manifest cargo, your pet is traveling in the front hold of the plane and can travel with or without you being on the same plane. The cost of your pets travel is based on volumetric weight, in other words, the size of their travel crate.

If traveling as excess luggage, your pet will be in the rear hold of the plane and must be traveling under the ticket of a human passenger. The cost of your pets travel is based on the actual (combined) weight of your pet in their crate.


3. What happens when my pet arrives in the country they are traveling to?

As soon as the flight arrives, your pet will be taken from the plane straight to the airport terminal.

If your pet is traveling as excess luggage, they will taken to the oversized luggage area in the arrival hall. Once you clear passport control, you will be able to collect them at the same time as your normal luggage. As you exit the airport via the ‘something to declare’ customs channel you will be asked to present your pets travel paperwork to the customs official and / or the vet on duty. 

If your pet is traveling as manifest cargo, they will be taken to the Animal Reception Centre. There, their documentation will be reviewed by the staff of the ARC to ensure all is in order. At the same time, relevant customs formalities will be completed by staff based at the arriving airport. 


4. How long does the travel paperwork and other travel preparations take?

This depends entirely on the location that your pet is traveling to. Your pet relocation compnay will provide you with an accurate timeline of how long the relevant preparations will take and at what point in the process the various steps must be taken.

In some cases they can get your pet ‘travel ready’ in a few days. In others it can be up to six months or more.


5. What vaccinations does my pet need to travel?

Regardless of where your pet is traveling, they will need certain vaccinations. The exact vaccinations they need are entirely dependent on the location they are traveling to. The one vaccination that is mandatory for every country your pet may travel to is a rabies vaccination.

Other vaccinations may also be necessary. These will be advised to you as relevant. In every situation, it is essential to keep your vaccinations current and to not miss a due date, even by one day. To do so could severely hinder your pets travel plans.

Source: Pawsome Pets UAE

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