1-2 triumph at 2016 Australian Grand Prix

1-2 triumph at 2016 Australian Grand Prix

0 comments 📅04 November 2016, 16:21

Rosberg and Hamilton have clinched the first victory of the 2016 F1 season with a spectacular 1-2 finish at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

After a slow start dropped them from the front row, strong drives and good strategy calls saw both drivers recover to battle a hard-charging Vettel. Nico Rosberg took the win, his 15th career victory to date, while teammate Lewis Hamilton secured P2.

Nico Rosberg: “That was a perfect race for me.”

“That was a perfect race for me,” said Rosberg. “The start was tricky, as I was on the dirty side of the grid and Vettel managed to be ahead. He did a really good job at the start – but we chose the perfect strategy by going onto the medium tyre after the red flag.”

He continued: “We can enjoy this moment for sure – but we know now just how strong those red cars will be this season, so we cannot afford to relax. I’m really looking forward to the next races and hopefully some more exciting battles.”

Lewis Hamilton: “A perfect weekend in every way up until the lights went out.”

Hamilton meanwhile described his race as “damage limitation” after he experienced wheelspin off the line. He commented: “I’d had a perfect weekend in every way up until the lights went out and felt confident heading into the race. I got a bit of wheelspin off the line then got pushed wide at the first corner, so from there it was just about recovering. But these things happen and I’m grateful for the way I was able to fight back through. P2 isn’t bad in terms of damage limitation after a start like that.”

Toto Wolff: “An incredible team effort.”

“We didn’t get it right at the start,” agreed Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. “The drivers were slow away from the line then touched at the first corner, so we were forced into recovery mode.”

Events took a different turn however on lap 18 when Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez suffered a collision, which temporarily suspended the race.

“We did the maths and opted to go with one set of mediums to the end, with the drivers on the knife edge of endurance and performance. Managing tyres and temperatures became a big challenge, with debris causing an overheating brake caliper that almost forced us to retire Nico at one stage. Thankfully that was not the case and he led Lewis home for a hard-fought 1-2.”

Wolff concluded: “A perfect result to start the year, a great job from the drivers to manage and recover the race, fantastic work on the pit wall to give them the right strategy to do so and an incredible team effort from everybody at the factories to get us here. We must now sort our starts and look to carry out momentum into Bahrain.”

With a 28-point lead over Ferrari, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS currently head the Constructors’ Championship on 43 points. The team now head to Sakhir for the Bahrain Grand Prix, which takes place on 01–03 April.

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