Rosberg takes first win in 2016 F1 Championship

Motorsport | 2016 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix

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MyDrive |2016 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix – The Formula One season kicked off in emphatic style with the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park. Mixed conditions through out the event would leave teams still coming to terms with the track and the new tyres prior to the race.

Qualifying

Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes AMG Grand Prix Team would pick up where they left off last season taking out the first pole position of the year.

The new drop out qualifying system caused confusion with teams and fans a like as the final four minutes of the session didn’t have any cars running to better their time. As a result Formula One will revert back to their 2015 qualifying system at the next round.

That said the only unusual outcome from qualifying was Danii Kvyatt of Red Bull Racing who failed to make the second session of qualifying and would start the race from 18th.

Up the front it was the usual contenders with Mercedes AMG locking out the front row with Hamliton and Nico Rosberg. The second row will be all Ferrari with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen third and fourth.

Local hopeful, Daniel Ricciardo or Red Bull Racing, would start the race from eighth.

Race

Nico Rosberg made the most of a mixed up race to take the win in Melbourne for the Mercedes AMG Grand Prix Team.

A flying start from the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen saw them take the clear lead of the race early.

However massive accident between McLaren’s Fernado Alonso and Haas’s Estaban Gutierrez which saw Alonso flying through the air briefly stopped the race under a red flag on lap 17. Alonso crawled out from underneath his destroyed McLaren and emerged ok.

The stoppage allowed teams to change their tyre strategy which saw Ferrari opt for the Soft Tyre while the two Mercedes drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton switched the medium.

The strategy would play off with Vettel needing to stop again, while Raikkonens race would end in mechanical failure on lap 22. Leaving Rosberg to assume the lead of the race over Hamlton. While Vettel would recover to third.

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Australia’s Daniel Riccardo would recover to fourth, after opting for soft tyres during the red flag. He would have to stop like Vettel for fresh tyres in the closing laps of the race.

After the race Vettel said “We went for the aggressive route, Maybe with hindsight we could have done something else, but I don’t want to blame anyone. It’s a shame the other car didn’t make it but it is positive.”

That wraps up MyDrive’s coverage of the Australian Grand Prix from Melbourne. Keep tuned into MyDrive for more Motorsport coverage through out 2016.

Next Round

The next round of the Formula 1 Championship will be held at Bahrain from the 31st March to 3rd April.

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