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Hamilton Wins F1 2015 Season Opener


Hamilton F1 2015 AustraliaIn the cinematic words of The Joker “And… Here… We… Go!” the 2015 Formula One world championship got underway in Australia. However, there was plenty of drama off track even before the race began. Fernando Alonso missed his McLaren-Honda Debut due to a crash in testing that has resulted in doctors cautioning him about partaking in the first race. Also a legal dispute between Sauber and Giedo van der Garde, long story short is that Sauber have legally signed three race drivers for 2015 but obviously only need two, which nearly ended with the team not racing. There were lots of questions to be answered, but predominantly “what was the new pecking order of F1 after the winter?” It would appear Hamilton still sits on top.

As the lights went out for the Australian Grand Prix you could almost tell that the drivers had been away for a few months. All sorts of stupidity amongst the them broke out with cars being bumped around as if inside a pinball machine. What was immediately clear was that Mercedes have lost exactly 0% of their momentum from last year as from the first corner to the last it was a walkover. No challengers, nobody even close to the silver arrows. Hamilton lead Rosberg with a healthy gap all race where those two finished. The excitement was to be found lower down the grid where the troubled Sauber team, using Nasr and Ericsson, proved that their car was indeed a big improvement over the year before. A much more effective Ferrari power train in that car meant that a good package could be explored. Nasr finished 5th whilst Ericsson finished 8th. The team who are in trouble is McLaren-Honda as just one car finished the race and even then Button could only manage 11th which was the last finishing car. His engine power had to be turned down to ensure he finished. Kimi Raikkonen retired due to an insecure wheel and William’s Bottas had a back injury. Red Bull’s new youngster retired due to gearbox problems. So who was having a good day other than Mercedes-AMG? Sebastian Vettel is the answer as he finished 3rd on his debut for Ferrari. This is extremely positive for the Italian team who had struggled the past few seasons.

To those asking if 2015 will be another Mercedes dominated year, I’d say the 34 second gap between the silver and red car provides you with your answer.

1. Lewis Hamilton
2. Nico Rosberg
3. Sebastian Vettel
4. Felipe Massa
5. Felipe Nasr
6. Daniel Ricciardo
7. Nico Hulkenberg
8. Marcus Ericsson
9. Carlos Sainz Jr
10. Sergio Perez
11. Jenson Button

Kimi Raikkonen
Max Verstappen
Romain Grosjean
Pastor Maldonado

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Daniil Kvyat
Kevin Magnussen
Valtteri Bottas
Will Stevens
Roberto Merhi