Rosberg Takes Season Opening Victory

Nico Rosberg was victorious in Australia as he took the opening Formule One race of the calendar ahead of his team mate Lewis Hamilton at the Melbourne Grand Prix on Sunday.  At the beginning of the race, leader Lewis Hamilton was humbled by the two Ferraris as they stormed past the British driver to knock him back two places.  Hamilton looked to overtake Max Verstappen but the Torro Rosso held him off.  
 
On the 18th lap the red flag was out due to a serious collision between Esteban Gutierrez  and Fernando Alonso.  The Spaniard looked to overtake the Italian but the later unexpectedly broke as he was approaching the bend which saw Alonso’s front end catch Gutierrez’s rear and send him somersaulting into a barrier.  Luckily for the McLaren driver he was able to walk away from the crash and was later confirmed to be doing well.
 
At the restart Sebastien Vettel was leading the pack from Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo with Hamilton back in seventh place.  The defending champion worked hard to make his way up the order and with some luck he moved ever closer to the top four spots.  On the 35th lap the Briton found himself in fourth place and after Vettel made a slow stop Rosberg leapt ahead of him into first place.
 
At the back end Jolyon Palmer was fighting to stay in the points on his debut race but he had the two Torro Rossos on his tail.  Hamilton finally made his move on Ricciardo and moved into second place with team mate Rosberg in his sights.  With 12 laps remaining the two Merc drivers were locked in an intense battle up front while the Torro Rossos got the jump on Palmer to move into the points.  After the allotted 57 laps it ended with a Mercedes one-two with Rosberg taking the checkered flag and his teammate crossing the line after him.
 
Vettel’s Ferrari finished in third while Ricciardo found himself in fourth place ahead of Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean’s Haas in sixth place.
 
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