And then there were only 11
who made it. Amazing though it may sound, on the one hand while it was a déjà vu
moment for Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg coming in first and second
respectively in the first F1 race of the 2015 season, on the other hand only 11
cars got to go past the chequered flag.
The 2015 Formula 1 Rolex
Australian Grand Prix was won by Hamilton who was followed by his team mate
Nico Rosberg and in third position came in Sebastian Vettel driving his Ferrari
race car. For Vettel it was a podium in his debut with Ferrari.
Williams’ sole starter Felipe
Massa came in fourth ahead of star rookie Felipe Nasr, who in his F1 debut gave
Sauber team its first points since 2013. Massa’s teammate Valtteri Bottas did not
take part in Sunday’s race after a final medical assessment by the FIA deemed
him unfit to race following the back injury he sustained during qualifying.
After examination by the FIA
medical delegate at the circuit on Saturday, Bottas was transferred to Albert
Hospital in Melbourne for further precautionary scans which revealed he had
sustained some soft tissue damage in his lower back, according to F1 news.
With Williams’ Bottas out and
Marussia having failed to qualify, the 17 expected starters became 15 before
the lights went out, after McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen and Red Bull’s Daniel
Kvyat both experienced car failures en route to the grid.
A first-lap incident with rookie
Nasr put Pastor Maldonado into the wall, and Lotus team mate Romain Grosjean
retired in the pits soon after. A promising first Grand Prix for Toro Rosso’s
Max Verstappen ended with mid-race technical problems - he had been running as
high as sixth - and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen completed the list of
Out of the 11 who made it, the
first ten were in the points list while the 11th man had to be
content finishing the race without points. The 11th man was McLaren’s
Jenson Button. Daniel Ricciardo came in sixth for Red Bull, followed by Force
India’s Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz
- both scoring their first F1 points - and the second Force India of Sergio
On the previous day, in the
qualifying race it was Mercedes all the way with Lewis Hamilton and Nico
Rosberg coming in first and second respectively. It was Hamilton’s fourth pole
in Australia and the 39th of his career.
The 11 who
1 Lewis Hamilton –Mercedes AMG
2.Nico Rosberg- Mercedes AMG
3. Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari
4. Felippe Massa-- Williams
5. Felipe Nasr -- Sauber
6. Daniel Ricciardo- Red Bull
7 Nico Hulkenberg – Sahara Force
8. Marcus Ericsson - Sauber
9 Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso
10 Sergio Perez- Sahara Force
11 Jenson Button - McLaren