Lewis Hamilton wins the 2015 Australian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton won his second Australian Grand Prix on Sunday with a commanding drive, beating his teammate Nico Rosberg who finished second. Sebastian Vettel finished in third place and couldn't have asked for a better beginning on his Ferrari debut.
Williams' Felipe Massa came fourth, but Sauber’s Felipe Nasr impressed everyone with a fifth place finish on his Grand Prix debut. Daniel Ricciardo came sixth at his home Grand Prix, while Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez finished seventh and 10th respectively to finish amongst the points.
Magnus Ericcson finished eighth for Sauber, while an impressive Carlos Sainz Junior finished in ninth place for Torro Rosso.
Good start for Mercedes
Hamilton and Rosberg made it one-two for Mercedes as their season got off to a perfect start in Albert Park.
Hamilton made a great start, leading Nico Rosberg after the first corner. Kimi Raikkonen slowed down after a brief contact with his teammate Sebastian Vettel, which led to Pastor Maldonado hitting the barriers.
The safety car came out on the grid following Maldonado's crash. Romain Grosjean then retired in the first lap and we were down to 13 cars at the end of the first lap.
Hamilton extended his lead to 2.6 seconds over Rosberg, setting the fastest lap in the early goings of the race. The German hit back in the next lap though, setting his fastest lap to reduce Hamilton's lead by 0.3 seconds.
Raikkonen moved past Sainz Junior to go to seventh place, and the middle of the grid saw a battle between Nasr, Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo.
Felipe Nasr was brilliant for Sauber and was in contention for a podium finish in the first half of the race. He managed to give the experienced guys a run for their money with superb overtaking moves, and he improved as the race went on.
The last few laps of the race saw only 11 cars on the track with Jenson Button in last position.
Raikkonen had a horrific pit-stop as his left rear tyre was not fitted properly on Lap 42, leading to him pull out of the race. And it was heartbreak for Max Verstappen who was aiming to become the youngest F1 driver to score points, as he stopped on Lap 34 due to a power unit failure.
Maldonado was the first driver out of the race after a collision in the first lap. Kevin Magnussen and Daniel Kyvat did not make it to the grid before the start of the race.