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GP Australia 2015 (race): Hamilton wins ahead of Rosberg and Vettel

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GP Australia 2015 (race result)
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D he Formula 1 season 2015 starts like that stopped last year - with a win for Lewis Hamilton. The Briton, who started from pole position, dictated the pace from the start on Sunday (March 15th, 2015) in Melbourne. Teammate Nico Rosberg was able to reduce the gap again and again. But Hamilton always had a counterattack if the second Silver Arrow appeared too close in the rearview mirror. At the finish, the two World Cup competitors were 1.3 seconds apart.

Hamilton with world championship drive to Australia victory

'That is a fantastic result for the team. Nico drove very well . But when he increased the pressure, I was always able to react. That was not so easy because we didn't know how long the tires would last, 'said the winner afterwards. On the podium, Hamilton joked with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who conducted the winner's interview. 'I'll be back', so the early challenge for Malaysia.

Rosberg was less euphoric: 'Second place is okay for today. That was a great start for the team. Lewis did the whole thing He did a good job at the weekend. He drove like a world champion. I tried to put pressure on. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite enough. 1-0 for him - but the season is still long. I'll make life difficult for him. '

Vettel overtakes Massa in the pits

The competition was unable to intervene in the battle between the two Mercedes. Sebastian Vettel rolled over the line, 34.5 seconds behind. More than 3rd place was not possible for the Heppenheimer in his debut for Ferrari. Having started from 4th place, Vettel grabbed Felipe Massa's Williams during the first - and for many pilots only - pit stops. Massa had switched from soft to medium tires 3 laps before the Ferrari, but got stuck in traffic in the long-distance duel.

'This is a huge success for us. It feels like a victory,' beamed Vettel. 'We didn't expect that. We managed to deliver an almost perfect job here. But we still have a lot of work to do to challenge the Mercedes. It is of course a huge relief to be on the podium.'

For Vettel, a key to the goal was good tire management: 'As expected, it was very close with the Williams. My start was not that good. Fortunately, the bottom line was that it didn't matter. MeI also kept the tires in good shape. It was a long time ago that I did it. '

Massas Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas had to pass before the start. The Finn suffered a disc injury in qualifying and got from Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Räikkönen did not see the checkered flag either. After the Finn had several enemy contacts at the start, a mistake during the second pit stop resulted in the end. A mechanic had not properly tightened the left rear wheel .

Only 11 pilots see the checkered flag

The two Finns were only part of a true failure orgy Kevin Magnussen had to park his McLaren on the way to the starting grid with a major engine failure. Daniil Kvyat also gave up before the start on his first appearance for Red Bull. A gearbox damage caused the early end only 15 cars drove off when the lights went out.

After the first lap there were only 13 participants. Both Lotus cars said goodbye in the first few meters. Romain Grosjean had to park his car in the garage after a lap with a drive problem. Team mate Pastor Maldonado was thrown into the wall after the first corner by a small unintentional push by Sauber driver Felipe Nasr.

Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen also did not see the checkered flag. On lap 33, the 17-year-old's debut ended with a drive problem. However, nobody can take away the record for the youngest GP starter of all time. In total, only 11 cars crossed the finish line. Jenson Button was the only newcomer outside of the points, despite having bravely fought Sergio Perez for a long time. Only in the 42nd lap did the Mexican pass and collect the last counter.

Clean with 14 points at the start of the season

The many failures resulted in unusual names in the top ten. Felipe Nasr, who had already made up several places with an uncompromising start, drove a flawless race and ended up in 5th place. The rookie cleverly kept the Red Bull of local hero Daniel Ricciardo in check and brought 10 points to the Sauber team account. Team mate Marcus Ericsson in 8th place contributed 4 more points for the Swiss team, which recently did not make a lot of positive headlines. Sauber is 3rd behind Mercedes and Ferrari in the team classification.

The two Force India also landed in the points. Nico Hülkenberg managed to finish 7th in a race without major incidents. Teammate Perez, who had collided with Button's McLaren in between, came in 10th place14 days in Malaysia.

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