Rosberg wins dramatic Australian F1 Grand Prix

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Ferrari squander the lead and Fernando Alonso crashes spectacularly as Nico Rosberg wins the Australian F1 Grand Prix.

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA (MARCH 20, 2016) (FOM) – Nico Rosberg won a dramatic Australian Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday (March 20) after Ferrari’s challenge was squandered by a bungled tyre strategy and Fernando Alonso walked away from a spectacular crash that reduced his McLaren to a mangled wreck.

Rosberg’s 15th career victory was also his fourth in succession after the German won the final three races of last season.

His team mate and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton finished second, eight seconds behind after recovering from a chaotic start that pushed the defending world champion back to sixth at the first turn.

Third=placed Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari led for much of the race, but his advantage was eroded by poor tyre management, especially after Alonso’s crash brought out a red flag, as his compatriot Rosberg coasted home.

“Yeah! awesome, guys, awesome. Great start to the season,” Rosberg yelled down the team radio.

New team Haas celebrated points on debut, with Frenchman Romain Grosjean finishing sixth behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Williams driver Felipe Massa.

Result from the Formula One Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park on Sunday

1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:48:15.565

2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes +00:08.060

3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 00:09.643

4. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull – TAG Heuer 00:24.330

5. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 00:58.979

6. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas – Ferrari 01:12.081

7. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 01:14.199

8. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 01:15.153

9. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 01:15.680

10. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 01:16.833

11. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 01:23.399

12. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Renault 01:25.606

13. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India – Mercedes 01:31.699

14. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1 lap

15. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber – Ferrari 1 lap

16. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Manor – Mercedes 1 lap

r. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber – Ferrari 19 laps

r. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 36 laps

r. Rio Haryanto (Indonesia) Manor – Mercedes 40 laps

r. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 41 laps

r. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Haas – Ferrari 41 laps

r. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull – TAG Heuer 57 laps

(rank: r = retired, nc = not classified)

Fastest Lap: Daniel Ricciardo,1:28.997, lap 49.

Driver and Constructor Standings after the Formula One Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park on Sunday

Drivers Points

1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 25

2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 18

3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 15

4. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 12

5. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 10

6. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas 8

7. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 6

8. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 4

9. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 2

10. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 1

11. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 0

12. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Renault 0

13. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 0

14. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 0

15. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 0

16. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Manor 0

Constructors Points

1. Mercedes 43

2. Ferrari 15

3. Williams-Mercedes 14

4. Red Bull – TAG Heuer 12

5. Haas – Ferrari 8

6. Force India – Mercedes 6

7. Toro Rosso – Ferrari 3

8. Renault 0

9. McLaren 0

10. Sauber – Ferrari 0

11. Manor – Mercedes 0


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  • Renault
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  • Bahrain Grand Prix
  • Canadian Grand Prix
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