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World Champion Lewis Hamilton Wins Australian Grand Prix 2015

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It was a world-class blowout for the Mercedes Petronas Formula One team, at the Australian Grand Prix, on Sunday. Two-time world champion Lewis Hamilton successfully defended his title.  The opening season race was a seat grabber, and the podium interview conducted by Arnold Schwarzeneggar, was a cherry topping off a great race.

For most of the race Hamilton maintained a two-second lead ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg, to win the first Formula 1 Grand Prix of the 2015 season. Rosberg came in comfortable second, followed by, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.  Felipe Massa with Williams, and Felipe Nasr with Sauber, came in fourth and fifth, respectively.  The Ferrari team was revitalized with their first podium finish in a long time, thanks to, a better car, and 4-time champion Sebastian Vettel, behind the wheel.

There was a crash, a spinout, smoke, and a faulty pit stop, that ended the race for several others the drivers. While McLaren-Honda reserve driver Kevin Magnussen and Russian driver Daniil Kvyat, never made it onto the track. A faulty pit stop ended the race for Kimi Raikkonen, and Gearbox failure ended the race for Red Bull driver, Daniil Kvyat.

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, who was declared unfit to drive, due to a back injury. Fans are wishing him well and hoping he can get back out on the track. Bottas put Williams back on the map, after a long podium absence, for the team.  And two-time champ Fernando Alonso, driving for McLaren-Honda suffered a concusion on the last day of preseason testing. Doctors think he should sit out the race in Australia because they want to minimize the risk a second impact syndrome so soon after his concussion.

The best line of the night goes to NBCSN Announcer David Hobbs when Perez and Button made contact, Hobbs remarked, “These guys are duking it out for dead last."

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