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Formula One Australian Grand Prix highlights: Rosberg wins, Alonso crashes
By Jawad Yaqub, 20 Mar 2016
Jawad Yaqub is a Roar Guru
Tagged: Australian Grand Prix, Formula One, live blog, Motorsport
Nico Rosberg took the first win of the Formula One season from teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.
REPORT: ROSBERG BEATS HAMILTON
However the day may be longer remembered for a massive crash which saw Fernando Alonso lucky to walk away uninjured.
It’s time to go racing in 2016, as the Formula One world championship roars back into action at the Australian Grand Prix on the streets of Albert Park. Join The Roar for live updates and a blog of the race, beginning at4pm AEDT.
The Australian Grand Prix has always been a favourite among the drivers and they’ve all expressed the same sentiments again this weekend so far.
Unfortunately in terms of qualifying, the feeling towards the new format is quite the opposite.
Lewis Hamilton claimed his 50th career pole position in what was an anticlimactic affair during Q3.
The usual suspects in Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel qualified third, after they failed to go for another flying lap in the dying stages of the elimination style qualifying.
Qualifying aside though, the race could go either two ways. We could see the pole sitter in Hamilton bolt off into the Melbourne sunset, or the varied tyre strategies see Rosberg or Vettel sneak through on the reigning world champion.
With the soft and supersoft tyres being the preferred compounds, there should be a minimum of two stops during the race. And there is no variables predicted in the weather either, unlike the past few days where it has rained like Melbourne typically does.
Behind the two leading outfits, it seems logical that Felipe Massa in the Williams will have the pace over the Toro Rosso of Max Verstappen, but it wouldn’t be a bad thing to see the pair race it out.
Considering the opportunity both Toro Rossos have in the top ten, it would be of great benefit to bank early points over their elder sisters in the Red Bulls.
Having said that, heroics from the home favourite Daniel Ricciardo cannot ruled out. He starts in eighth, but can race with the likes of the less-experienced drivers in the sister cars.
The safety car is always a chance too during the race, considering the street circuit nature of the track. Anything can go wrong in the space of 58 laps, especially right at the start where there can be aggro going into Turn 1.
Reliability can also be problematic for some, especially at the first race of the new season. So far across practice there were no dramas for newcomers Haas, returnees Renault and McLaren who enter their second year with Honda power.
Also keep a keen eye out on how drivers cope with the new radio silence regulations. Will less aid from the pit-lane favour some and hinder others?
It’s all very fascinating having Formula One back and you can catch The Roar‘s live blog for the Australian Grand Prix from 4pm AEDT.
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