Nico Rosberg takes fourth straight win in Australia as Haas F1 Team finishes sixth on debut

49Ferrari seized control at the start of Sunday’s 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, but a mid-race stoppage after a huge accident involving Fernando Alonso turned the race on its head, helping Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg to what had looked an unlikely victory.

Team mate Lewis Hamilton recovered from a nightmare start to finish second, while Sebastian Vettel – who led into Turn 1 and looked very much in charge prior to the red flags – had to settle for third after 57 laps of Albert Park.

Local hero Daniel Ricciardo took a popular fourth place for Red Bull, well clear of the Williams of Felipe Massa, while Romain Grosjean gave the all-new Haas team points on their debut with sixth.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, and the Toro Rosso duo of Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen completed the top ten, with Renault’s Jolyon Palmer narrowly missing out on a point in his maiden Grand Prix.

Vettel and team mate Kimi Raikkonen had made it a Ferrari one-two at the start, as the Mercedes drivers made poor getaways and then nearly came to blows in Turn 1, and the four-time champion had a 1.5s lead by the end of lap one, with Rosberg third and Hamilton down to sixth.

But Ferrari’s strategy unravelled after Alonso and Haas’s Esteban Gutierrez made contact on lap 18, bringing out the safety car and then causing the race to be stopped. When it restarted a few minutes later, Mercedes had regrouped.

Australian Grand Prix Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind Status Points
1 6 Nico Roseberg 57 Leader Running 25
2 44 Lewis Hamiton 57 -8.060 Running 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 57 -9.643 Running 15
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo 57 -24.330 Running 12
5 19 Felipe Massa 57 -58.979 Running 10
6 8 Romain Grojean 57 -1:12.081 Running 8
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg 57 -1:14.199 Running 6
8 77 Valtteri Bottas 57 -1:15.153 Running 4
9 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 57 -1:15.680 Running 2
10 33 Max Verstappen 57 -1:16.833 Running 1
11 30 Jolyon Palmer 57 1:23.399 Running 0
12 20 Kevin Magnussen 57 1:25.606 Running 0
13 11 Sergio Perez 57 1:31.699 Running 0
14 22 Jenson Button 56 -1 Lap Running 0
15 12 Felipe Nasr 56 -1 Lap Running 0
16 94 Pascal Wehrlein 56 -1 Lap Running 0
17 9 Marcus Ericsson 40 -17 Laps Retired 0
18 7 Kimi Raikkonen 23 -34 Laps Retired 0
19 88 Rio Haryanto 19 -38 Laps Retired 0
20 21 Esteban Gutierrez 17 -40 Laps Retired 0
21 14 Fernando Alonso 17 -40 Laps Retired 0
22 26 Daniil Kvyat 0 -57 Laps Retired 0

 

Drivers Championship
After Race 1 of the 2016 season at Australian Grand Prix
Pos. Car # Driver Team Wins Points Behind Gap
1 6 Nico Roseberg Mercedes 1 25 Leader Leader
2 44 Lewis Hamiton Mercedes 0 18 7 7
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0 15 10 3
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 0 12 13 3
5 19 Felipe Massa William-Mercedes 0 10 15 2
6 8 Romain Grojean Haas-Ferrari 0 8 17 2
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force india-Mercedes 0 6 19 2
8 77 Valtteri Bottas William-Mercedes 0 4 21 2
9 55 Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 2 23 2
10 33 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 1 24 1
11 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 0 0 25 1
12 20 Kevin Magnussen Renault 0 0 25 0
13 11 Sergio Perez Force india-Mercedes 0 0 25 0
14 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 0 0 25 0
15 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 0 0 25 0
16 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT-Mercedes 0 0 25 0
17 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 0 0 25 0
18 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0 0 25 0
19 88 Rio Haryanto MRT-Mercedes 0 0 25 0
20 21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas-Ferrari 0 0 25 0
21 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 0 0 25 0
22 26 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 0 0 25 0

 

Constructors Championship
After Race 1 of the 2016 season at Australian Grand Prix
Pos. Team Wins Points Behind Gap
1 Mercedes 1 43 Leader Leader
2 Ferrari 0 15 28 28
3 Williams-Mercedes 0 14 29 1
4 Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 0 12 31 2
5 Haas-Ferrari 0 8 35 4
6 Force India-Mercedes 0 6 37 2
7 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 3 40 3
8 Manor-Mercedes 0 0 43 3
9 McLaren-Honda 0 0 43 0
10 Renault 0 0 43 0
11 Sauber-Ferrari 0 0 43 0

 

2016 DHL Fastest Lap Award
Grand Prix Driver Team Time
Australian Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull  1:28.997

 

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