March 15, 2015

Lewis Hamilton wins Australian Grand Prix, his 34th career victory – second in Australia and 13th for the Silver Arrows

Mercedes AMG Petronas kicks-off the 2015 season in style with a 1-2 finish at the Australian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton took his 34th career victory at Albert Park - his second in Australia and 13th for the Silver Arrows. Nico Rosberg took second position after a race-long
chase, finishing just 1.3 seconds shy of his team-mate. The result marks the 30th Formula One victory for the Silver Arrows.

"It's quite unbelievable, really, what this team has done. It's a great feeling to start off the season the way we finished the last and the car is just incredible, so thank you to the team. It was still a tough race, though, as Nico was very quick throughout. It was about managing fuel and also the tyres - trying to see how long we could push them. Once I'd built a two second gap it was about maintaining it. But when Nico turned up the heat it was tough. He drove really well and it's a great result for the team to start the season with a 1-2. It's good to see Ferrari back up here on the podium. I think they have taken a big step, so I anticipate a good fight with them this year at some point and we can't back off. In fact, the podium was pretty awesome. I don't often get star struck but I can't believe I was up there with the Terminator! Anyway, we've learned a lot this weekend and there will be a lot of analysis to do before Malaysia. Hopefully we'll keep finding ways to improve. Just because we had that gap today it doesn't mean we'll be cruising. There's still a long way to go," said Lewis Hamilton.

Nico Rosberg added, "What a start for us. It's great to have the quickest car again and what an amazing job by everybody involved.A big thank you to the guys back in the factories for all their work. Okay, so now it's 1:0 to Lewis. He did a perfect job this weekend with no mistakes and improved a lot from Friday to Sunday. Yesterday after Qualifying I was already on the back foot and that's difficult to change in a race against Lewis. I need to have a better Saturday, which I was able to do last year. But it's still a long season with lots of races to go. I want to strike back in Malaysia, so that's the focus. Thanks to everyone in Europe for waking up so early and for crossing their fingers for us – we've had fantastic support and it's really great to see."

Driver
Car No.
Grid
Result
Fastest Lap
Pit Stops
L. Hamilton
44
P1
P1
1:30.945
1 Stop (L25)
Nico Rosberg
6
P2
P2
1:31.092
1 Stop (L26)


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