As if nothing has changed since Abu Dhabi, Lewis Hamilton scored the victory in Australia.
This was truly one of the more bizarre Formula 1 races I’ve ever seen. Valtari Bottas pulled out due to back issues, Kevin Magnussen blew up before even making it to the gird and Daniil Kvyat had gear issues that stalled his car before the grid.
Then the race started and Pastor Maldonado wrecked out after coming down on rookie Felipe Nasr. This necessitated the safety car. Then his Lotus teammate Romain Grosjean took his car to the garage and called it a race.
Although after that, the race proceeded more orderly. Until about lap 30 when Max Verstapppen’s car came to a halt just before the pit entrance. At lap 42, after what appeared to be a troubled pit stop, Kimi Raikkonen came to a halt after turn 4 and retired from the race.
In the end, Lewis Hamilton picked up where he left off in 2014 dominating the race and scoring the victory. Nico Rosberg finished runner up. Sebastian Vettel, in his first drive for Scuderia Ferrari, rounded out the podium.
That’s all from Australia. Next up for Formula 1 will be Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia for the Malaysian Grand Prix on March 29.