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autoviva2015-03-16 12:20:21

Hamilton wins in Australia

Brithish driver started his title defense in great style

Hamilton beat his team-mate in Albert Park

Lewis Hamilton could not have started in the best style his Formula 1 World Title defense. This weekend the British driver won the first race of the season, the Australian Grand Prix held at Albert Park circuit. Team-mate Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel, in his debut for FerrariFerrariFerrariItaly, 1947 > present233 models
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, completed the podium.

The new season started pretty much how it ended with an absolute domination from MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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. The German took the first one-two win of the season and left the remaining opponents more than half a minute away.

Hamilton started from pole position and remained in the lead almost all the race, except for a few brief moments during the pit stops. The Brit eventually finished 1.3 seconds ahead of fellow team-mate Nico Rosberg.

It was on the pits that Vettel managed to conquer a podium finish for his debut race with Ferrari. At midway in the race he remained on track more laps than Williams'WilliamsWilliamsUnited Kingdom, 1977 > present37 models
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Felipe Massa, and it was enough to gather some more valuable seconds to overtake the Brazilian driver who eventually finished the race in fourth place .

Brazilian Felipe Nasr made a great debut in Formula 1 grabbing a brilliant fifth place and putting an end to the real crossing that was the 2014 season for SauberSauberSauberSwitzerland, 1970 > present21 models
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that didn't score any point. Nasr still managed to excel  home favourite Daniel Ricciardo Red BullRed BullRed BullAustria, 2004 > present12 models
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, leaving him 12 seconds away.

With two and a half days of testing in the preseason, Force IndiaForce IndiaForce IndiaIndia, 2007 > present8 models
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has reason to be satisfied with the seventh place finish by Nico Hulkenberg in Australia.

Nasr's team-mate was also on focus in Australia. Marcus Ericsson started in16th place and climbed up to eighth place, overtaking in the final stages Toro Rosso'sToro RossoToro RossoItaly, 2006 > present10 models
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rookie Sainz Jr who finished the race in ninth place. Sergio Perez of Force India completed the top 10.

Only 15 cars started the first race of the season, with the absence of the Manor team and dropouts before the pre-grid from McLaren'sMcLarenMcLarenUnited Kingdom, 1963 > present92 models
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Kevin Magnussen and Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat with mechanical problems. Before that Valteri Bottas had been forced to abandon due to physical problems that arose in qualifying.

Now check the Drivers' and Manufacturers' standings.


Results 2015 Australian Grand Prix
1 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes 1:31:54.067 25
2 Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes +1.36s 18
3 Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari +34.523s 15
4 Felipe Massa BRA Williams +38.196s 12
5 Felipe Nasr BRA Sauber +95.149s 10
6 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull +1 lap 8
7 Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India +1 lap 6
8 Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber +1 lap 4
9 Carlos Sainz ESP Toro Rosso +1 lap 2
10 Sergio Perez MEX Force India +1 lap 1
11 Jenson Button GBR McLaren +2 laps 0
RT Kimi Räikkönen FIN Ferrari DNF 0
RT Max Verstappen NED Toro Rosso DNF 0
RT Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus DNF 0
RT Pastor Maldonado VEN Lotus DNF 0
DNS Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull DNS 0
DNS Kevin Magnussen DEN McLaren DNS 0



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