The Australian GP was definitely… Different… 20 cars entered, 15 started, 11 finished.
Unsurprisingly Mercedes ran away with the race, over 30 seconds between Nico Rosberg in second and Sebastian Vettel in third. Rosberg was close behind Hamilton for the entire race but never really looked like grabbing the lead.
The biggest surprise of the weekend has got to be Sauber and Felipe Nasr, after no points at all in 2014 Nasr started in 10th and finished fifth and teammate Marcus Ericsson finished eighth, their first double points finish since 2013 and the first points finish for a Swedish driver since 1989!
Despite making it to Australia Manor were unfortunately unable to race due to software problems, Valtteri Bottas had to drop out after picking up a back injury in qualifying and Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat both suffered from mechanical problems on their way to the grid. The bad luck just kept coming too, Pastor Maldonado crashed out at turn two through no fault of his own and Romain Grosjean had to retire before even completing a lap with power problems. One lap gone and just 13 cars left.
Verstappen did become the youngest person to ever race in Formula One, but as he retired mid-way into the race he did not become the youngest point scorer, he may well do so in Malaysia though as the car looks pretty good. The race wasn’t the best for McLaren, 11th and last, two laps down but it was the first time that the Honda engine had done a full race distance and pace was improving, Jenson Button set his fastest lap on his last lap, still 2.5 seconds away from Hamilton though.
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||AUS||8||57||01:32.797||7|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||GER||6||57||01:31.970||14|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||ESP||2||57||01:32.872||8|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India||MEX||1||57||01:31.959||15|
|RET||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso||NED||–||32||01:34.295||12|
|DNS||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull||RUS||–||0||–||13|