Lewis Hamilton’s stunning run to a record seventh pole position on Saturday pointed to renewed Mercedes dominance at the start of the 2018 season at the Australian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari hadn’t read our form guide and claimed a surprise Safety Car assisted victory that caught the defending champions off-guard reeling and gave fans a potential sign of the unpredictable season that could await us.

Aside from a tense run to the chequered flag at the front of the field, Sunday’s race features close battles up and down the grid and exciting new off-track initiatives made for a truly thrilling season-opener.

As has been the case all weekend, George Hitchens of Ignite Image has been trackside to deliver you more exclusive photographic highlights from Sunday’s action at Albert Park. Here’s a selection of his best work:

Formula 1 Class of 2018
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - 2018 Australian Grand Prix Drivers' Parade
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - 2018 Australian Grand Prix Drivers' Parade
Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia Ferrari - 2018 Australian Grand Prix Drivers' Parade
Esteban Ocon, Force India F1 Team - 2018 Australian Grand Prix Drivers' Parade
Sergey Sirotkin, Williams Martini Racing - 2018 Australian Grand Prix Drivers' Parade
Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix Drivers' Parade
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix Drivers' Parade
Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda - 2018 Australian Grand Prix Drivers' Parade
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team - 2018 Australian Grand Prix Drivers' Parade
Charles Leclerc, Alfa Romeo Sauber - 2018 Australian Grand Prix Drivers' Parade
Lewis Hamilton fan - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel fan - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Photographers - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Photographers - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Start - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Start - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Start - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Kevin Magnussen, Haas f1 Team Ferrari VF-18 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Sergio Perez, Force India Mercedes VJM11 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen spins in Red Bull Racing RB14 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen spins in Red Bull Racing RB14 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen spins in Red Bull Racing RB14 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen spins in Red Bull Racing RB14 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen spins in Red Bull Racing RB14 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W09 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel, Scuderia Ferrari SF71H - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W09 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 RS18 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Romain Grosjean, Haas f1 Team Ferrari VF-18 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Lance Stroll, Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW41 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault Sport F1 RS18 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W09 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Brendon Hartley, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda STR13 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso, McLaren Renault MCL33 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W09 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
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Charles Leclerc, Alfa Romeo Sauber Ferrari C37 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 RS18 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
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Sebastian Vettel, Scuderia Ferrari SF71H - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W09 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W09 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W09 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren Renault MCL33 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel, Scuderia Ferrari SF71H - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W09 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc, Alfa Romeo Sauber Ferrari C37 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso, McLaren Renault MCL33 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc, Alfa Romeo Sauber Ferrari C37 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel, Scuderia Ferrari SF71H - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 RS18 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault Sport F1 RS18 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W09 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W09 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel, Scuderia Ferrari SF71H - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Fans - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Photographers await the podium ceremony - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Race winner Sebastian Vettel, Scuderia Ferrari - 2018 Australian Grand Prix

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