Australian Grand Prix 2014: Nico Rosberg wins eventful race
Australian Grand Prix 2014: Nico Rosberg takes victory ahead of Daniel Ricciardo as Lewis Hamilton retires early on
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg sealed victory at the Australian Grand Prix following an eventful season-opening race.
The German finished 24 seconds clear of Red Bull debutant Daniel Ricciardo, who took second place ahead of McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen.
Ricciardo was later disqualified for a fuel-flow rate infringement.
There is a lot of work to do. We can still improve a lot
Rosberg’s Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton started from pole position but retired on lap three with an engine problem.
And defending world champion Sebastian Vettel completed just five laps before pitting and retiring due to a loss of power.
“It’s been an amazing day,” said Rosberg. “I’m over the moon really, everyone has worked so hard over the winter and to have such an amazing Silver Arrow. I’m really thankful to Mercedes for giving me such an amazing car.
“There is a lot of work to do. We can still improve a lot and we must because the competitors are not going to be asleep.”
Meanwhile, McLaren’s Magnussen was thrilled after becoming the first-ever Danish driver record a podium finish in Formula 1.
“It’s hard to believe,” said Magnussen. “It seems so surreal. The car was so much better than it has been at any point.
“I just had exactly what I needed the whole race. The preparation we have done this winter has been fantastic.”
And Hamilton was in philosophical mood following his early retirement.
“I was driving on five cylinders. It’s a bit unfortunate but that’s racing,” said Hamilton. “We will recover from this. It’s just a small hiccup, there’s a long way to go.”
Australian Grand Prix 2014: Race result
1. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 57 laps 1hr 32m 58.710s
2. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 24.5s
3. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes +00m 26.7s
4. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 30.0s
5. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 35.2s
6. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes +00m 47.6s
7. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes +00m 50.7s
8. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 57.6s
9. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Renault +01m 00.4s
10. Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Renault +01m 03.5s
11. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes +01m 25.9s
12. Adrian Sutil Germany Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
13. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
14. Max Chilton Briton Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps
15. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Ferrari +8 laps
Rtd Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 43 laps completed
Rtd Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Lotus-Renault 29 laps completed
Rtd Marcus Ericsson Sweden Caterham-Renault 27 laps completed
Rtd Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 4 laps completed
Rtd Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 3 laps completed
Rtd Felipe Massa Brazil Williams-Mercedes 0 laps completed
Rtd Kamui Kobayashi Japan Caterham-Renault 0 laps completed