Nico Rosberg feasted on a collision between Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas at the first corner to clinch his his fifth Formula One Grand Prix victory in a row. The pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Hamilton joined Rosberg in the podium. The German has finished runner-up to Mercedes teammate Hamilton in each of the last two seasons, and is desperate to be crowned world champion himself. His start to the 2016 season suggests he is as hungry as ever.
The victory was written in the stars from the start for the Merc driver as he calmly took the lead and managed to hit corners with ease. Hamilton offered a good challenge to the winner as did Raikkonen but the same cannot be said of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, whose car gave out in the formation lap. Apart from just winning the race, Rosberg defied the odds as nobody had tipped him to win, although those pundits might rethink their analysis after winning the opening two races of the season.
All in all, the race proved tough for other drivers but Rosberg refused to crumble under pressure and held on to follow his victory in Melbourne with yet another first position finish. Already the German has established an early 17-point lead over teammate Hamilton, who leads Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo by nine. In the constructor’s standings, Mercedes leads Ferrari by 50 points.
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