It was not an easy win for Nico Rosberg at this seasons first Grand Prix. Despite the odds he overcame the Ferrari storm and finished first.
Lewis Hamilton, who qualified in pole had an appalling start when the lights went out, he was over taken by Sebastian Vettel and was swamped by his teammate meaning he fell right down the pecking order. However, he managed to fight back after following the dirty air of Max Verstappen to take second place.
It could be argued that Rosberg secured his win after the race was stopped due to the crash between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez. The red flags meant he could switch his strategy up, get fresh tyres and went on to take the lead from Vettel.
The high speed barrel roll crash that Alonso was part of was probably the worst in his career and he was incredibly lucky to walk away from the accident. The crash allowed teams to switch up their strategy, for some it paid off and for some it didn’t. After the race Carlos Sainz said something went wrong in the restart for Toro Rosso as they fell right down the order meaning they had to fight back up again.
Away from the front of the pack and the crash between the McLaren and the Haas there was lots of action. Jolyon Palmer gave an almighty lesson in how to defend your position in F1 after holding off multiple drivers, unfortunately the Renault engine wasn’t enough to hold them off forever and he finished P11, just outside the points on his debut in F1.
Verstappen showed his fiery temper over team radio when he was stuck behind his team mate Sainz, he was ordering to be allowed to overtake. After being told he could he didn’t seem to have the power on his own to do.
Haas gained points in their first ever Grand Prix due to Grosjean finishing P6.
Six cars didn’t finish the Australian Grand Prix, the most surprising of all of those was Kimi Raikonnen in the Ferrari.
Rosberg: Yeah, early days, but a perfect start. We have to keep an eye on the red guys, because they are very close, as you saw today, so we need to give it everything to stay ahead, for sure.
Hamilton: Honestly, it was a great race. I loved the fact that we had to come through from far behind. The team did a fantastic job as always. But yeah, it was very tricky out there. Obviously, I’m glad that no one was injured in the shunt. Afterwards it was just trying to get through the traffic, with these tyres on, particularly with the guys at the front who had a faster tyre, it’s impossible to follow around here, as you can see for all of us. No, but I’m really happy to get the result, it’s a great result for the team.
Vettel: Yeah, I went for it. Obviously the start was mega, I was very happy. It reminded me of Hungary last year, where I passed both of them also down to Turn One. Then I think we settled into a rhythm nicely, you know it’s much better when you’re in front, you can control the race and the pace. Obviously the red flag, you can argue, didn’t help us but nevertheless we had our chance. We didn’t expect probably what both of them did going on let’s say the hardest compound and going to the end. So we tried to go more aggressive. Maybe it didn’t work but ultimately very happy with third. As I said tried everything, hopefully it works next time when I’m here. But it’s great to be in Melbourne, great to be in Australia. Shame that I don’t have you as a team-mate anymore!