Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne, March 16th 2014

Positions at race end

  • 1st: Nico Rosberg
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2

  • 2nd: Kevin Magnussen
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 2

  • 3rd: Jenson Button
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 2

  • 4th: Fernando Alonso
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 2

  • 5th: Valtteri Bottas
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 2

  • 6th: Nico Hülkenberg
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2

  • 7th: Kimi Räikkönen
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 2

  • 8th: Jean-Éric Vergne
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 2

  • 9th: Daniil Kvyat
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 2

  • 10th: Sergio Pérez
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3

  • 11th: Adrian Sutil
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    1 LAP(s)

  • 12th: Esteban Gutièrrez
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    1 LAP(s)

  • 13th: Max Chilton
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    +2 LAP(s)s

  • 14th: Jules Bianchi
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    +8 LAP(s)s

  • 15th: Romain Grosjean
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    +14 LAP(s)s

  • 16th: Pastor Maldonado
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    +28 LAP(s)s

  • 17th: Marcus Ericsson
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    +30 LAP(s)s

  • 18th: Sebastian Vettel
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 1
    +54 LAP(s)s

  • 19th: Lewis Hamilton
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 0
    +55 LAP(s)s

  • 20th: Felipe Massa
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 0
    +57 LAP(s)s

  • 21st: Kamui Kobayashi
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 0
    +57 LAP(s)s

  • 22nd: Daniel Ricciardo
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 2


Race report

Nico Rosberg ushered in Formula One's new era by claiming his fourth career victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Despite Lewis Hamilton starting the race from pole position, it was Rosberg who took the chequered flag due to his Mercedes team-mate retiring after three laps with a cylinder failure.

Rosberg was never troubled from that point as instead all the action and the wars of attrition in terms of reliability took place behind him.

The 28-year-old German finished 23 seconds clear of Daniel Ricciardo on his debut for Red Bull, and to the delight of fellow Australians in the Albert Park crowd in Melbourne.

Driver of the day was arguably Kevin Magnussen, the 21-year-old Dane on his F1 debut with McLaren, as he completed the podium trio.

That was not only an astonishing result for Magnussen, but also for McLaren after failing to claim a podium finish last season for the first time in 33 years.

As for team-mate Jenson Button, the veteran came home fourth after starting the 58-lap race from 10th.

There were always going to be thrills and spills at the start of this latest version of F1, and so it proved.

The sport had grown stale on the back of Sebastian Vettel's dominance and with no change to the engine regulations for eight years.

But in a bid to become greener and more relevant to today's roadcar technology, in have come the new 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged power units.

Given their complexity, and the vastness of the rules changes, they have caused countless problems over the past two months for all the teams.

However, you would have received remarkable odds on naming Hamilton and Vettel as the first two technical retirees.

By the first turn the field was down from 22 to 20 due to Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi braking too deeply, colliding with Williams' Felipe Massa and sending both into the gravel.

By that stage pole-sitter Hamilton had dropped from first to third, initially by team-mate Rosberg and then Ricciardo.

When Magnussen also sailed past Hamilton on lap one, it was clear at that stage the Briton had a problem.

After being told to retire on lap two, but then urged soon after to "stay out, stay out, keep rolling", come the end of lap three the 29 -year-old's race was over due to the engine losing one of its six cylinders.

"I was down to five cylinders. It's a bit unfortunate, but that's racing," said Hamilton.

Trying to draw on the positives, Hamilton added: "We've got pace and we will recover from this. It's only a hiccup and there's a long way to go. At the moment I'm not concerned about anything."

Three laps later and Vettel joined Hamilton as a spectator due to a loss of power with his Red Bull.

The 26-year-old German complained on the formation lap of a lack of boost pressure, and on the opening lap he switfly dropped down the pecking order, even being passed by Marussia's Max Chilton.

By the end of lap six, like Hamilton, Vettel trundled down the pit lane and into his box, where the car was turned around and wheeled back into the garage.

"At the start of the race we had no power, cars kept on passing me, and although I was down we tried to recover," said Vettel.

"At some stage I thought there was an improvement, but then we realised we had lost power from the engine."

Although it was a miserable start to the defence of his championship, Vettel added: "We are working hard back at the factory in Milton Keynes and at Viry (base of power unit supplier Renault.

"Although we have started on the back foot we have learned an awful lot, and when the package comes together we will be competitive."

Three other less surprising retirees followed later in the race as Caterham's Marcus Ericsson fell foul of an oil pressure problem, with Lotus' Pastor Maldonado dropping out due to a turbo failure.

Lotus, who had embarrassingly qualified at the back of the grid just a year after winning this race, then had both cars out after 44 laps.

Although Romain Grosjean suffered a KERS failure, given the lack of running in testing and in practice in the build-up to this race, the team will consider the distance covered by the Frenchman as a success.

Behind Button was Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen eighth.

It was another Finn in sixth as Valtteri Bottas scored eight points for Williams, three more than they managed throughout the whole of last season.

Nico Hulkenberg brought home his Force India in seventh, with Toro Rosso duo Jean-Eric Vergne ninth and Daniil Kvyat - also on his F1 debut - claiming a point for 10th.

Come the conclusion there were only 14 classified finishers, with Marussia's Max Chilton the last of those home, continuing his astonishing record of so far completing every one of his F1 races.

Rosberg, the first different race winner since last year's Hungarian Grand prix after Vettel won the final nine in a row in 2013, said: "It has been an amazing day.

"I'm over the moon right now and to have such an amazing Silver Arrow, this thing was unbelievably quick and the reliability was good.

"For now all our hard work has paid off, but we still have to improve because our competitors are not going to go to sleep.''

Ricciardo was naturally pumped to be standing on the podium in front of his own fans.

With his trademark big beaming smile, he said: "Two or three weeks ago I would have bet everything I have we would not be standing up here.

"Thanks to the team for an unbelievable turnaround. I don't understand how they have done it but they have, and thanks to the Aussie fans. I'm completely overwhelmed.''

As the first Dane to finish in the top three in F1, Magnussen said: "It just

seems so surreal.

"What can I say? The car was so much better than it's been at any point.

"The preparation has been fantastic and so big congratulations to the team for doing such a good job.''

Qualification - Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne, March 15th 2014

1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:44.231
2Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing+0.317s
3Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team+0.364s
4Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes+1.514s
5Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari+1.588s
6Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso+1.633s
7Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team+1.799s
8Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso+3.137s
9Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing+3.848s
10Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing+3.916s
11Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes+0.206s
12Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari+0.263s
13Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing+0.437s
14Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team+1.424s
15Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team+1.636s
16Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team+3.062s
17Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team+-9.-938s
18Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team+-9.-437s
19Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team+-9.-114s
20Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team+-9.-74s
21Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team+-7.-238s
22Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Teamno time

Driver Standings

1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team384
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team317
3Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing238
4Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing186
5Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing167
6Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari161
7Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing134
8Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes126
9Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team96
10Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team59
11Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes55
12Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari55
13Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso22
14Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team8
15Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso8
16Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team2
17Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team2
18Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team0
19Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team0
20Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team0
21Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team0
22Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team0
23Andre LottererDEUCaterham F1 Team0
24Will StevensGBRCaterham F1 Team0

Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne, March 16th 2014

1Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:32:58.710
2Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes26.777
3Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes30.027
4Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari35.284
5Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing47.639
6Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team50.718
7Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari57.675
8Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso+1:00.441
9Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso+1:03.585
10Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team+1:25.916
11Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team1 lap(s)
12Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team1 lap(s)
13Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team2 lap(s)
14Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team8 lap(s)
15Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team14 lap(s)
16Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team28 lap(s)
17Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team30 lap(s)
18Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing54 lap(s)
19Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team55 lap(s)
20Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing57 lap(s)
21Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team57 lap(s)
22Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing24.525