Rosberg

Rosberg wins as the Seb of old causes friction on the podium

It was a predictable victory but the race was anything but, as Nico Rosberg cruised to the flag collecting his sixth victory and extending his 34 point advantage in the drivers' championship. His main rival Lewis Hamilton started from pit lane and encountered trouble in the opening corners, pitting to replace his front-wing in the first of his five pit stops for the day.

With a flight back to his family booked for directly after the race, Rosberg said he was planning to get the celebrations started early.

"We're going to have a party now in the garage. The whole team deserves it," said the winner.

Although he was scrapping with Ricciardo, Massa and Raikkonen for P5 in the final phases of the race, Hamilton had spent his tyres while chasing them down and was easy pickings by the end for the top six finishers.

"I tried to avoid whatever was happening in front of me but got tangled up in it," said Hamilton. "Not a great finish for us this weekend, but hopefully onward and upwards."

After leading the race from the first corner, Daniel Ricciardo encountered a puncture and recovered to finish fourth behind his teammate Kvyat who rounded out the podium.

At the start Vettel was squeezed by his teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Kvyat before making steady progress through the field to collect a second place - closing the gap to Hamilton but failing to take the challenge to the leader.

During the post-race cool down Vettel accused Kvyat of making a selfish move that caused his contact with Raikkonen at turn 2 by coming up the inside "like a torpedo."

Kvyat shrugged off the challenge saying, "That's racing, and I'm on the podium!" Most pundits agree Kvyat did nothing wrong, and was not even investigated by the stewards.

Vettel has a spotted history with dramatic podium ceremonies, having finished a number of races under sketchy circumstances with old teammate Mark Webber. At least this time if Kimi decided to give someone the silent treatment they probably wouldn't even realise.

 

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Does Rosberg's practice crash give Hamilton the upper hand?

Rosberg remains optimistic about his chances this weekend despite becoming intimately acquainted with the Albert Park barriers during FP2.

"The conditions were ok, it was on the edge but it was fine. I just accelerated too much and got it wrong and damaged the car, which is not good.”

Rosberg stopped on track after a directive from the FIA to the team. "The car seemed maybe to be ok apart from the front wing, so I was hoping to get back to the garage to get back out again.”

“It’s good for me in the end that the track didn’t dry out because I didn’t loose out too much as a result, so no down side from that," said Rosberg.

"We need to practice for the race and qualifying in the morning and in the afternoon; my first time on the super-softs, which is going to be exciting with lots of grip, new qualifying rules, so all that together and there will be a lot going on.”

Although Rosberg admitted that the weather and his incident meant a change of plan for the weekend was required, he ruled out the possibility that Mercedes might be so dominant that they could set a fast lap time then return the garages when the new elimination qualifying system plays out tomorrow.

“That would be a bit over-confident I think at this point, so definitely we are not planning to do that.”

With the rest of practice remaining fairly wet it seems that most teams are in the same boat (pardon the pun), and will need to use FP3 for both long and short runs. 

“Tomorrow is going to be a big day.”