CHEEKY CHALLENGE: Mercedes’ drivers Nico Rosberg (left) and Lewis Hamilton (centre) pose with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the 2015 Australian GP. Will Vettel respond to Rosberg’s cheeky tweet? Image: AP / Rob Griffith
MELBOURNE, Australia - Nico Rosberg, runner-up at the March 15 2015 Australian GP, posted a cheeky tweet on Tuesday (March 17) directed at Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel - he invited his Ferrari rival to Mercedes' official race debrief.
Profanity, threats and a lack of sportsmanship marred the motorsport disaster that was the 2015 Australian GP, won by Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.
The Melbourne race featured a 14-car grid; worse, only 11 finished.
The race also saw yet another Mercedes 1-2 victory as race-winner Hamilton finished 34sec ahead of third-placed Sebastian Vettel.
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Rosberg, runner-up in Melbourne, posted on Twitter: "I spoke to Toto (Wolff) and Paddy (Lowe) about an invitation for Sebastian and they are easy with it."
Vettel had yet to respond.
Rosberg 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?"
HAPPY WITH PODIUM SPOT
Former Red Bull ace Vettel said he was happy with the team's performance, earning a podium step during his first race with Ferrari.
He said: "It's really an honour to sit in the red car. Certainly when the chequered flag came out it was a great feeling. Of course, it's not a victory, but for us it feels like a victory. It's a great relief after a horrible season last year."
The race at Albert Park got under way on a farcical note with only 14 cars left on track after the opening lap. Only 11 cars finished.
Only 15 were able to line up on the grid due to a rash of technical failures but then Pastor Maldonado then crashed his Lotus into a barrier on the first lap, bringing out the pace car.
Both Manor Marussia cars were ruled out of the race after failing to participate in Saturday (March 14) qualifying or any of the free practice sessions before it.Stay with Wheels24 for the 2015 F1 season – fresh reports every day.