first_img× Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (C) leaps in celebration alongside Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (L) and team mate Valtteri Bottas of Finland.   –  Reuters SHARE SHARE EMAIL Four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday to dash Mercedes’ hopes of extending their dominance into a fourth successive season of Formula One.The German cruised to his 43rd race victory with a 9.9 second gap to Mercedes’ runner-up Lewis Hamilton, with the Briton’s new team mate, Valtteri Bottas, finishing third.It was Vettel’s fourth win for Ferrari and his first since the Singapore Grand Prix in September 2015.That win in Singapore was also the last time Ferrari had topped the podium but Vettel’s victory at Albert Park underlined the huge leap in performance made by the team, who were encouraged by their cars’ pace and reliability in winter testing. “It’s a long, long way ahead but for now we’re just over the moon … It was a great race, I enjoyed it,” Vettel said in a podium interview with former Red Bull team mate Mark Webber.Vettel’s 2007 championship-winning team mate Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen one behind.Vettel, who started alongside pole-sitter Hamilton, had said after qualifying he hoped for a good start to reel in Mercedes.Hamilton got away smoothly and having broke clear of Vettel, was first to pit on lap 18 to change tyres.However, it proved a turning point in the race as he rejoined behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and was then unable to pass the feisty Dutch teenager, Hamilton venting on the team radio as Vettel forged ahead.The German pitted at lap 23 and exited the pit-lane just in front of Verstappen, who was still gamely holding off Hamilton.Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff was enraged, with television pictures showing him pounding his fist into a desk in the team garage.Vettel showed the reigning constructors’ champions a clean set of heels and quickly established a six-second gap, which widened as the race went on.It was a tough day for Red Bull’s home racer Daniel Ricciardo, who started off with a five-grid penalty for a gearbox change and then had to retire with smoke billowing from his car on turn three midway through the race.In between, his car came to a stop on the way to lining up at the starting grid and he was forced to join the race from pit-lane two laps behind after frantic work in the garage to fix a sensor problem with his gearbox.Six other cars failed to finish, including McLaren’s twice champion Fernando Alonso and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer. COMMENT SHARE March 26, 2017center_img It was Vettel’s fourth win for Ferrari and his first since the Singapore Grand Prix in September 2015. Published on Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (C) leaps in celebration alongside Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (L) and team mate Valtteri Bottas of Finland.   –  Reuters motorsport COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_img(Photo via Alaska Native Medical Center)Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration are moving forward with their plan to replace elements of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. How could big changes to health insurance coverage affect Alaskans? What will happen to coverage for the more than 30 thousand residents who gained it through Medicaid expansion?Listen NowHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Joshua Weinstein – Benefits expertBecky Hultberg – CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home AssociationStatewide callers Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more