Sebastian Vettel surprised many by cruising to a comfortable victory in the Formula One season opening Australian Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver started second on the grid at Albert Park, before passing Lewis Hamilton in the pit-stop phase to deny Mercedes victory in Melbourne.

But aside from Ferrari appearing to take the fight to the Silver Arrows, here are eight things you missed from the Australian Grand Prix.

Could there be a third generation Rosberg champion?

Advertisement

For the first time since 1994, there was no reigning champion from the previous year on the Formula One grid, but that doesn't mean the sport is moving on from Nico Rosberg and his family.

On the contrary, the former Mercedes driver watched the action with wife Vivian, as well as one-year-old daughter Alaia who, according to the German, "loves cars".

Raikkonen was the fastest Ferrari

There is little doubt who will be the happier Ferrari driver. Sebastian Vettel won the race, while Kimi Raikkonen never looked like troubling the podium on his way to fourth place.

But it was the veteran Finn who proved the quicker of the two drivers ... if only over a single lap. Raikkonen's 1m 26.538s on the penultimate tour of the circuit was the quickest lap of the race.

Never attempt to create F1 art mid-race

Because you might end up with a piece that, although looks good, doesn't tell the full story.

As the race unfolded, a team of artists quickly got to work on a wall in parc ferme in what looked like an attempt to explain the race in one picture.

The only problem was this particular picture had the Mercedes out in front. Not to be defeated though, the wall soon had the addition of a celebrating Ferrari driver to restore some credibility.

Further value was added after the race, when Vettel signed the drawing as he walked past.

Health and safety takes a day off

Letting people invade a race track while Formula One cars are still touring doesn't exactly sound like the best idea.

It may help create iconic images, such as Mansell-Mania at Silverstone from the 1980s, but for a sport focused on ensuring the well-being of all those involved, it was a surprise to see a line of spectators on the circuit, greeting Vettel on his victory lap.

Wider cars mean less space in parc ferme

Remember when the end of a race would have the top three cars lined up neatly, like they were on their own podium in parc ferme?

Well, the new rules have put paid to that. Wider cars means it's simply a case of park where it fits and if you end up blocking in a couple of Mercedes, then so be it.

Even F1 graphics suffer an identity crisis

There was minor confusion earlier on in the race, when the graphics to indicate the current classification appeared to get the team colours wrong.

Ferrari's red became a Williams white, who became McLaren, who became Renault ... and so it went on.

After a brief reset and a couple of laps without the graphics, all was soon restored to normal.

Vettel hasn't forgotten to celebrate

Thought you had seen the last of Vettel's finger-salute to mark one of his victories?

Well it's back and the grin to go with it is as cheesy as ever. You can't hold it against the German though, with he and the Ferrari team celebrating their first victory since the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix.

Hamilton doesn't go home empty handed

And we don't just mean in the form of a runners-up trophy and a half-emptied champagne bottle. He also joins a rather exclusive club.

Having led the early stages of the race, the Brit joined the great Michael Schumacher in becoming just the second driver to have led more than 3000 laps during his career.