Nico Rosberg made a huge F1 career victory after winning the wild Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. Rosberg made a good start in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after beating the four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel of the Ferrari F1 Racing Team.
The 31-year-old Rosberg took the lead after Ferrari’s tyre strategy backfired. Here, Rosberg tried to take advantage when the race halted following Alonso’ high-speed crash to switch strategy and beat early pack leader Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel’s strategy on super-soft tyres mid–race has failed, as a result he missed the second place and took only the third slot just ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Rosberg’s Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton managed to leap from sixth to second place, thanks to a slow start from pole and a nudge from teammate Rosberg at the first corner, just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull F1 Racing Team.
Hamilton, the defending F1 world champion, has struggled in the early stages of the race but managed to secure a Mercedes one-two scores after the defending world champion recovered from a terrible start that pushed him back to sixth at the first turn to finish eight seconds behind his teammate Rosberg.
Vettel finished third for Ferrari F1 team after leading throughout race, but Vettel’s hopes of winning the race faded with an aggressive tire strategy that fell flat after the race was stopped due to Alonso’s disastrous crash. The McLaren driver has flew over the back of Haas’ Esteban Gutierrez and slammed into a barrier, but both drivers were unhurt.
Red Bull’s Ricciardo was a distant fourth, just ahead of Williams’ Felipe Massa. Romain Grosjean grabbed the sixth for Haas F1 team, a good start for the all-new Haa F1 Racing Team, just ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas of Williams Racing.
Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso was hit by rookie teammate Max Verstappen at Turn 15 in the closing stages of the race. The young Verstappen has denied Renault driver Jolyon Palmer a point on his F1 debut.
Renault driver Kevin Magnussen was a lap-one pitter, but he managed to take the 12th place, just ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez, McLaren’s Jenson Button, Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr.
This is Rosberg’s 15th Formula One victory and his also fourth in succession after the 31-year-old German driver won the final three races of last season.
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