Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany (C) holds the trophy after winning the Formula One Australian Grand Prix as McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen of Denmark (R) and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia (L) look on at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne. (AFP/William WEST) Rosberg, demonstrating Mercedes’ superior adaptation to the sport’s new hybrid technology, led from start to finish and took the chequered flag 24.5 seconds ahead of Australia’s Ricciardo in his Red Bull debut. McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen, 21, came in narrowly behind Ricciardo in a brilliant performance in his first ever F1 race, becoming the first Danish driver ever to reach the podium. Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton both managed only a handful of laps before retiring due to power issues as F1 absorbs a raft of technical changes. But Ricciardo suffered the cruellest twist when he became the first Australian to reach the podium in his home GP, but was then disqualified for exceeding the maximum fuel flow, or rate of fuel consumption. After a marathon stewards’ inquiry which ended about five hours after the race, Ricciardo’s first ever top-three finish was erased, promoting Magnussen to second and his McLaren team-mate… Read full this story
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