Falling track and air temperatures add extra complexity to strategy decisions.
This is Scuderia’s 684th podium finish. Today the team consolidated second place in the Constructors’ Championship with 107 points.
F1 engine manufacturers have agreed that any move towards 1000bhp engines for 2017 must involve the current V6 engine configuration as a starting point, according to Toto Wolff.
To claim his front row slot, Vettel did a 1.32.982, beating Nico Rosberg (1.33.129) in the other Mercedes.
Sebastian Vettel: "It’s hard to say if we got closer to Mercedes, everybody seemed to be closer to them but I’m sure they didn’t show everything today."
Sebastian Vettel: "It is a shame that we couldn’t put both cars side by side."
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg claimed a second consecutive double podium today, finishing P2 and P3 respectively.
For Scuderia Ferrari, today's win is the 222nd, the first since the 2013 Spanish GP, while Sebastian Vettel is now on 40 wins.
Kimi Raikkonen, eleventh at the time in 1.42.173, was unable to make the cut into the top ten.
Kimi Raikkonen:: "We know we are quick, but we need to improve in all sectors and, as for myself, I have to drive better.”
Maurizio Arrivabene: "I don’t want to talk about the past. We made changes, but I would like to thank the people that were there before."
Sebastian Vettel: “It looks like the hard work done during the winter, both on track and at the factory at Maranello, is paying off."
Ferrari is travelling to Australia early this week with a few less horse power in the luggage.
Sebastian Vettel: "...It’s clear that Mercedes is still ahead by quite a way, but right behind there is us, Williams and Red Bull, all very close.
Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall it hasn’t been a bad test since we covered a race distance today."
Kimi Raikkonen: "In a few days in Melbourne we will find out where we really are..."