MERC DOMINATES IN MELBOURNE: Race winner Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (left) poses with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel after the 2015 Australian GP. Hamilton beat third-placed Vettel by 34sec. Image: AP / Rob Griffith
MELBOURNE, Australia - Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo admitted Formula 1 had put on a questionable show for the 2015 Australia GP on Sunday (March 15).
From courtroom battles to backmarkers stranded in the pit lane, cars breaking down before the race event started and Mercedes' enormous technical advantage, the actual race was then unspectacular and all but a few runners were lapped.
Ricciardo admitted: "I feel a bit for the fans. It was a boring race."
'NOT GREAT FOR THE FANS'
Sebastian Vettel, 34sec behind the two Mercedes at the end of the race, agreed: "For sure it's not great for the fans. F1 is a difficult challenge. It's complicated, maybe it got a bit too complicated."
Helmut Marko, Vettel's boss at his previous team, Red Bull, predicted the whole season would be "dull" and Vettel agreed. "It can turn around a little bit for the next GP but it could be even worse."
Nico Rosberg, runner-up in Melbourne, acknowledged Mercedes' huge advantage at Albert Park but hoped Ferrari could catch up soon.
Vettel hit back: "Seriously? You finish 34 seconds ahead of us and you hope you will slow down?"
Rosberg, however, insisted he shared Ricciardo and Vettel's concern about the health of F1. "I hope you can give us a challenge because it's important for the sport and for the fans.
"A part of me always thinks about the show because I want to give people a great time at home watching on TV or at the track."
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