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Lewis Hamilton wins 2015 Australian Grand Prix as Mercedes dominates depleted field

Lewis Hamilton won the 2015 Australian Grand Prix on Sunday at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. Only 11 cars finished the race.

This was Hamilton’s second win in Australia, his first since 2008. This was also his 8th consecutive podium finish continuing from last year’s championship season.

His Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg finished second as both cars completely dominated the field. Sebastian Vettel, now with Ferrari, finished third, 34.523 seconds behind.

Of the 20 cars listed for qualifying only 11 cars finished the race. The Marussia-Ferrari team were at Melbourne but did not participate in any of the races. Daniil Kvyat (engine), Kevin Manussen (engine) and Valterri Bottas (back injury) did not start the race. Pastor Maldonado retired after an accident (yet again). Three other drivers also retired for various car reasons.

Jenson Button from struggling McLaren-Honda almost scored a point at 11th place. Honda has returned to Formula 1 as an engine manufacturer, but it’s going to be difficult to catch up with the dominating Mercedes power unit. Jenson scoring a point would have been a miracle.

During the awards presentation, Arnold Schwarzenegger conducted the interview, which got Hamilton all excited.

“I thought you were taller!” said Lewis Hamilton to Arnold. In the end, on Arnold’s behest, both of them said: “I’ll be back” for the Malaysian Grand Prix on March 29.

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Lewis Hamilton wins 2015 Australian Grand Prix as Mercedes dominates depleted field

2015 Australian Grand Prix Results

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts.
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 58 1:31:54.067 1 25
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 58 +1.360 2 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 58 +34.523 4 15
4 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 58 +38.196 3 12
5 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 58 +1:35.149 11 10
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 57 +1 Lap 7 8
7 27 Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 14 6
8 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 16 4
9 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso-Renault 57 +1 Lap 8 2
10 11 Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 15 1
11 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 56 +2 Laps 17
Ret 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 40 Wheel 5
Ret 33 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Renault 32 12
Ret 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Mercedes 1 9
Ret 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 0 Accident 10
DNS 26 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-Renault 0 Did not start 13
DNS 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Honda 0 Did not start 18
DNS 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 0 Did not start 6
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