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Fast and Furious Australian GP Sees Rosberg as Victor

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Williams Bottas Australia Martini F1Well, you guys and girls wanted drama, and you damn well got it! What an exciting race for the opening of the 2014 Formula One world championship. The reliability of these new 1.6 litre turbocharged engines was put to the test immediately as a second formation lap had to be done due to Max Chilton’s Marussia refusing to leave the grid. When the lights eventually went out it was Nico Rosberg who shot to the front of the pack into turn one ahead of team mate and race favourite Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton’s slow start would lead to a retirement a few laps later thanks to a misfiring cylinder. Ricciardo took 2nd. Kobiashi misjudged his breaking point and ended his comeback to F1 at turn 1 whilst collecting Massa’s Williams. That was a bitter blow for the Williams team as their remaining car driven by Bottas showed exceptional pace. As he hunted down cars ahead a podium was very much on the cards. That was until Bottas just kissed a barrier a tad too hard leading to a puncher. However, after a quick pit stop he rejoined and proved his cars worth, climbing back to 6th where he finished. Whilst all of this unfolded, defending world champion Sebastian Vettel dropped out of the race on lap 5 with engine problems. It was a strong showing from McLaren today with the young Kevin Magnussen showing his pace finishing 3rd with Button following in 4th. Whilst the number 1 Red Bull was being taken apart in the pit lane, Daniel in car number 3 did a stellar job and brought the RB10 home in 2nd with no major mechanical issues to report. A true show of how quick that car can be as well as how much work the team has put in to turn around a dismal testing season. Alonso finished 5th whilst Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen struggled with his F14 T only managing 8th. The Italian team say that they were managing an electrical issue on both cars throughout the race, but the fact of the matter is that Ferrari were not quick enough today.

7 cars retired due to mechanical failure just showing how tough these new regulations have been on the teams. Lotus, a top team last year, had a double DNF.

Rosberg and his Mercedes team finished a comfortable 1st reaffirming the silver cars dominance throughout testing.

1 Nico Rosberg – Mercedes
2 Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull
3 Kevin Magnussen – McLaren
4 Jenson Button – McLaren
5 Fernando Alonso – Ferrari
6 Valtteri Bottas – Williams
7 Nico Hulkenberg – Force India
8 Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari
9 Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso
10 Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso
11 Sergio Perez – Force India
12 Adrian Sutil – Sauber
13 Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber
14 Max Chilton – Marussia
15 Jules Bianchi – Marussia
16 Romain Grosjean – Lotus  DNF
17 Pastor Maldonado – Lotus  DNF
18 Marcus Ericsson – Caterham  DNF
19 Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull  DNF
20 Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes  DNF
21 Felipe Massa – Williams  DNF
22 Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham  DNF

 

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