''I'll be back!!'' A famous slogan Lewis Hamilton sent out to 'rivals', with Arnold Schwarzenegger on the podium much to a thunderous applause, following his total dominance over team mate Nico Rosberg earlier today at the inaugural Australian F1 grand prix.
It was clear right from qualifying that Mercedes still had the edge over other teams with qualifying pace about 1.5 seconds better than their closest rival. That said, it was still expected of the likes of Ferrari with ace drivers Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Raikonen to bring the challenge on to Mercedes in the race but that wasn’t to be. In a race dodged by many engine failures and related performance issues, almost half the 17 man field did not complete the race, leaving an almost boring and rather predictable half end. At the front end, it was business as usual for Lewis as he led from start to finish, with just occasional flashes of Nico seeming to pull up close. On a positive side, the race served up a number of exciting young stars, chiefly Fellipe Nasr of team Sauber and Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso who could be wild cards as the season progresses.
Whereas it seems too early to make any sound predictions, one can’t help the feeling that this season once again has got Mercedes written all over it.
Full Race Stats
1 LEWIS HAMILTON GBR MERCEDES 1:31:54.067 25
2 NICO ROSBERG GER MERCEDES +1.36s 18
3 SEBASTIAN VETTEL GER FERRARI +34.523s 15
4 FELIPE MASSA BRA WILLIAMS +38.196s 12
5 FELIPE NASR BRA SAUBER +95.149s 10
6 DANIEL RICCIARDO AUS RED BULL +1 lap 8
7 NICO HULKENBERG GER FORCE INDIA +1 lap 6
8 MARCUS ERICSSON SWE SAUBER +1 lap 4
9 CARLOS SAINZ ESP TORO ROSSO +1 lap 2
10 SERGIO PEREZ MEX FORCE INDIA +1 lap 1
11 JENSON BUTTON GBR MCLAREN +2 laps 0
RT KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN FIN FERRARI DNF 0
RT MAX VERSTAPPEN NED TORO ROSSO DNF 0
RT ROMAIN GROSJEAN FRA LOTUS DNF 0
RT PASTOR MALDONADO VEN LOTUS DNF 0
DNS DANIIL KVYAT RUS RED BULL DNS 0
DNS KEVIN MAGNUSSEN DEN MCLAREN DNS 0