Nico Rosberg wins thrilling Australian GP, Lewis Hamilton loses advantage

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton may have started off his Australian Grand Prix from the pole, but it was his team mate Nico Rosberg, who had  the last laugh as he started his Formula One season on a winning note on Sunday.

The 30-year-old German was eight seconds quicker than three-time world champion Hamilton.

The victory in Australia gave Rpsberg his fourth straight Grand Prix win  and 15th overall after seeing off Hamilton in the final three races of 2015.

BBC reported that Rosberg took advantage when the race was stopped following Alonso’s high-speed barrel-roll to switch strategy and overhaul early leader Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel’s strategy gamble on super-soft tyres mid-race failed and he took third ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who started the race faster than the Mercedes duo before needing a tyre change on lap 36, completed the podium at the third spot ahead of local hero Daniel Ricciardo and Felipe Massa.

The season-opening race also saw McLaren’s Fernando Alonso walking away from a horrifying crash while Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari catching fire.

With the win, Mercedes have won 33 of their previous 39 races.

Hamilton had been in imperious form through practice and qualifying. He was out of the reach of his rivals as he re-found the form that had won him his third world title in 2015, but which he lost in the final three races of last season when he stopped working as hard once the title was won.

(Inputs froM ANI)

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