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Formula One: Rosberg wins Australian Grand Prix

Published on Mar 16, 2014 4:20 PM
 
Germany's Nico Rosberg led from start to finish to win an eventful season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, March 16, 2014, as world champion Sebastian Vettel and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton were both early casualties. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Germany's Nico Rosberg led from start to finish to win an eventful season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, as world champion Sebastian Vettel and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton were both early casualties.

Mercedes' Rosberg beat Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who placed second in his first drive for Red Bull, with McLaren debutant Kevin Magnussen impressively taking third in an exhilarating race in Melbourne.

But there was no joy for Vettel, the four-time defending world champion, and Mercedes' Hamilton, who both dropped out early with mechanical problems.

At the start, Rosberg swept to the front from third on the grid and he safely held Ricciardo at bay by 24.5 seconds to give Mercedes, who are already looking dominant, the first win of the season.

 
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