Lewis Hamilton has been invincible. Where are hidden the others? Two Germans have joined him on the podium. A Ferrari mechanic will have a tough debrief this evening. Nobody would like to be in his shoes when Maurizio Arrivabene will explain how to fix a wheel… Anyway. The reliability is to improve for some teams. This first race of the season has been less exciting than we expected. This is the summary with a huge thought for Jules Bianchi:
Weather report: sunny, T. air: 17-18°C ; T. track: 32-37°C ; humidity rate: 58-62% and wind speed: 6 m.s (south)
Lewis Hamilton had to give up after three laps only in Melbourne 2014. Today, his hat-trick has been a good revenge (pole, win, best lap on race in 1’30’’945). Nico Rosberg, second (+1’’360s), had to save fuel so he couldn’t really attack. Sebastian Vettel has offered to his new red family two presents: a podium (3rd : +34’’523s) and his greetings in Italian in the radio “Reggazzi, Forza Ferrari!”. The Savior from Maranello had a strategy with an only one pit-stop like both Silver Arrows. He took the advantage on Felipe Massa, fourth (+38’’196s), in the pits (Seb’s pit-stop: medium tyres at the lap 24 and Felipe did two ones: medium tyres at the laps 21 and 45). Williams has missed Valtteri Bottas a lot… http://www.williamsf1.com/racing/news/bottas-declared-unfit-to-race-in-australian-gp Sauber is lucky to have Felipe Nasr in its rows. The Brazilian driver is a pure talent (5th ; +1’35’’143s). Pushed by Kimi Räikkönen (good start but bad approach at the first corner with cold tyres and Iceman lost several positions), he collided Pastor Maldonado but it wasn’t their fault. Nevertheless, the Lotus driver finished in the wall and the new SC came into track (3 laps). Daniel Ricciardo, sixth, has been a lap slower than the leader. Nico Hülkenberg has appeared in seventh position. Fourteenth on the grid, Marcus Ericsson has crossed the finish line at the eighth row. Carlos Sainz Jr, ninth, has been brilliant during the whole Australian round. He’d be able to score more points but the twenty-fourth lap destroyed his race (he lost a lot of time during his pit-stop because of a capricious rear left wheel and he fell down in the bottom of the field). Sergio Perez has been at the end of the top 10. Jenson Button has been the good last one (2 laps late on Lewis).
While Kevin Magnussen just came to leave his garage, his MP4-30 let him down from his recce lap (mechanical issue). His only one 2015 GP has been really depressing! The unfortunate Viking from Woking will have to give back the steering-wheel to Fernando in Malaysia without having completed any lap on race. Daniil Kvyat hasn’t been lucky as well (gearbox issues so he gave up 20 minutes before the start). Both Lotus had to give up from the first lap (collision for Pastor Maldonado and loss of power for Romain Grosjean). Max Verstappen missed the points because of a power unit problem at the lap 34. Let’s note that Renault wants to buy Toro Rosso, Dr Helmut Marko said. The first run of Kimi Räikkönen was disastrous but he seemed to be able to reach the top 4. It wasn’t the case because of his rear left wheel (it spoilt his 1st pit-stop and it was bad fixed after his 2nd pit-stop so he had to stop his car at the lap 42). Manor didn’t take part in the round because of some engine software issues.
At the championship…
Mercedes takes a big advance thanks to this doubled (43pts). Ferrari is second (15pts). After the storm, the blue skies come back at Sauber (3rd ; 14pts). Williams is fourth (12pts). Red Bull, fifth, thinks their season will be frustrating (8pts). It would have been hard for Sahara Force India not to score with only eleven cars receiving the chequered flag and a very weak McLaren (6th ; 7pts). Toro Rosso, disappointed by the missed opportunities, counts two points. http://www.motorsport-total.com/f1/wmstand.html
This Australian Grand Prix started with fifteen drivers instead of twenty and it ended with eleven ones only. Mercedes has dominated but it’s not a surprise. The rookies have taken in charge of the entertainment. The wheels have driven some totally crazy. Arnold Schwarzenegger has joked with Lewis Hamilton during the interviews on the podium (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-2995525/Lewis-Hamilton-wants-toast-Australian-GP-victory-Arnold-Schwarzenegger.html). The stunning Charlize Theron has also visited the F1-Circus in Melbourne (http://sutton-images.com/previews/dcd1515ma254.jpg). Next round in two weeks in Sepang with the come back of Fernando Alonso and (maybe) Manor’s shakedown.
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