By Daniel Wilson.
Lewis Hamilton took a fairly comfortable victory over teammate Nico Rosberg at the Australian Grand Prix, where only 11 drivers saw the chequered flag.
The world champion wasn’t troubled into turn one and never looked back as the two Mercedes drivers exchanged fastest laps to keep the gap steady at around two seconds.
Sebastian Vettel jumped Felipe Massa at the only round of pit stops to claim an impressive third place on his Ferrari debut, but teammate Kimi Raikkonen was forced to retire at half distance after his left rear tyre wasn’t fitted correctly.
The driver of the day for me was Sauber’s Felipe Nasr who held off Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo for fifth place on his debut, with Marcus Ericsson coming home eighth to round off a great weekend for the team.
Force India scored valuable points in 7th and 10th and Toro Rosso’s debutante Carlos Sainz Jr rescued two points as 17-year-old Max Verstappen’s engine gave up on him.
Jenson Button was the only driver not to score points, but it was a more positive day for McLaren Honda as the team managed to finish the race – remarkable considering the car hadn’t done more than 12 consecutive laps before today.
However, the team still had issues as Kevin Magnussen’s engine blew up on the drive to the starting grid. The pace is still also a major issue, as Button came home half a minute behind Sergio Perez in 10th and 2 laps adrift of Hamilton.
The promising Lotus cars both retired as Pastor Maldonado made it only to turn two after clipping Nasr and spinning into the wall while Romain Grosjean dropped out after 20 laps.
Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat was another non-starter as his gearbox failed on the out lap while Williams’ Valterri Bottas’ back injury from qualifying ruled him out of a race start.
But, with 11 drivers, the race for me was dull. I believe Mercedes are too dominant and that just restricts pure racing, so I hope Malaysia can put on a better show.
What did you make of the race? Dull or interesting?
What can Nico do in Malaysia to beat Lewis?
Is Sauber’s future brighter?
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