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2016 Australian GP: Mercedes victorious, Ferrari stumbles

2016-03-20 08:59

VICTORY IN MELBOURNE: Nico Rosberg led a Mercedes one-two victory to claim the first win of the 2016 season at the Australian GP. Image: AP / Rob Griffith

Melbourne - Nico Rosberg, despite being overtaken on the first lap, led a Mercedes one-two victory at a dramatic 2016 Australian GP.

Ferrari had a great start to the race pulling away from Mercedes on the first lap. Sadly, the team couldn't hold onto its lead.

A huge crash gave Mercedes the opportunity it needed to regain the lead. 

Mercedes recovers

Mercedes recovered from its poor start to dominate the race. Lewis Hamilton appeared to be suffering technical issues during the early laps though he managed to finish second. Rosberg crossed the line 8.3sec ahead of team mate Hamilton. Rosberg's 15th career victory was also his fourth in succession after the he won the final three races of last season.

As it happened: 2016 Australian GP

Vettel, who led from the start until the race-halting crash, finished in third followed by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in fourth.

What went wrong for Ferrari?

Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez suffered a huge crash on track, resulting in the safety car being deployed. Race marshals spent 18 minutes clearing both wrecks.

It all collapsed for Ferrari following the race restart. Raikkonen's race ended due to an engine fire and a botched pit-stop sent Vettel dropping down the grid.

Huge crash

Alonso and Gutierrez have both walked away from a dramatic high-speed crash that flipped Alonso's car twice and caused a suspension of the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Alonso's McLaren rammed into the back of Gutierrez's Haas, causing the Spanish driver to flip over twice at high speed, leaving his car in a crumpled wreck. Alonso walked gingerly from the wreck, and shook hands with Gutierrez, who was clearly worried about his fellow driver's well-being.

The incident happened on lap 19 of the opening race of the F1 season, bringing out red flags and a 22-minute suspension in the action.

Australian Grand Prix: Race results 
1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:48:15.565 
2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes +00:08.060 
3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 00:09.643 
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 00:24.330 
5. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 00:58.979 
6. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas - Ferrari 01:12.081 
7. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 01:14.199 
8. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 01:15.153 
9. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 01:15.680 
10. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 01:16.833 
11. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 01:23.399 
12. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Renault 01:25.606 
13. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 01:31.699 
14. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1 lap 
15. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber - Ferrari 1 lap 
16. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Manor - Mercedes 1 lap 
r. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber - Ferrari 19 laps 
r. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 36 laps 
r. Rio Haryanto (Indonesia) Manor - Mercedes 40 laps 
r. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 41 laps 
r. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Haas - Ferrari 41 laps 
r. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 57 laps

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