Australian F1 Grand Prix 2014 Results: Winner, Standings, Stats and Reaction

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2014

Australian F1 Grand Prix 2014 Results: Winner, Standings, Stats and Reaction

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    Nico Rosberg won the opening race of the 2014 Formula One season with a dominant display in Melbourne, Australia.

    The German driver took advantage of reliability issues that hampered his team-mate and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, taking the chequered flag well clear of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren's Kevin Magnussen.

    But Ricciardo's joy at finishing in second place in his home grand prix was to be short-lived, as he was disqualified after breaching fuel consumption rules per BBC Sport.

    McLaren lead the constructors' championship after week one, as Jenson Button was reinstated in third place following Ricciardo's disqualification. Fernando Alonso had to settle for a fourth place finish, whilst his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen finished down in seventh on his second debut in Ferrari red.

    World Champion Sebastian Vettel couldn't make it 10 race wins in a row, as he was lost power early on and had to withdraw.

    Mercedes man Rosberg emerged in first place following a chaotic start to the grand prix. But once the 28-year-old German hit the front, his lead never looked in danger. 

    Here's the story of the race, including full results, updated standings and post-race reaction:

The Race Weekend, Results

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    The Race Weekend on Bleacher Report

    The Australian Grand Prix live blog and report

    Bleacher Report Australian Grand Prix expert predictions 

    Results In Full per

    16Nico RosbergMercedes58Winner325
    220Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes58+26.7 secs418
    322Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes58+30.0 secs1015
    414Fernando AlonsoFerrari58+35.2 secs512
    577Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes58+47.6 secs1510
    627Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes58+50.7 secs78
    77Kimi RaikkonenFerrari58+57.6 secs116
    825Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault58+60.4 secs64
    926Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault58+63.5 secs82
    1011Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes58+85.9 secs161
    1199Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari57+1 Lap13 
    1221Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari57+1 Lap20 
    134Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari56+2 Laps17 
    DQ3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault58N/A2 
    Ret17Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari50+8 Laps18 
    Ret8Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault44+14 Laps22 
    Ret13Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault30+28 Laps21 
    Ret9Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault28+30 Laps19 
    Ret1Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault4+54 Laps12 
    Ret44Lewis HamiltonMercedes3+55 Laps1 
    Ret19Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes0+58 Laps9 
    Ret10Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault0+58 Laps14

Updated Driver Standings

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    Here's the driver's standings after the opening race of the 2014 season, per

    PositionDriver Points
    01Nico Rosberg25
    02Kevin Magnussen18
    03Jenson Button15
    04Fernando Alonso12
    05Valtteri Bottas10
    06Nico Hulkenberg8
    07Kimi Raikkonen6
    08Jean-Eric Vergne4
    09Daniil Kvyat2
    10Sergio Perez1

Updated Team Standings

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    Here's how the constructors' championship looks after the opening race of the 2014 season, per

    5Force India-Mercedes9
    11Red Bull-Renault0

Post-Race Reaction and Major in-Race Events

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    It's always vital to get off to a good start in the world title scrap, and Rosberg paid tribute to the work done by his team in the build-up to the Australian Grand Prix. He also made it abundantly clear he expects a big response from his rivals, per Andrew Benson of BBC Sport:

    I'm over the moon really, everyone has worked so hard over the winter and to have such an amazing Silver Arrow. I'm really thankful to Mercedes for giving me such an amazing car.

    There is a lot of work to do. We can still improve a lot and we must because the competitors are not going to be asleep.

    A chaotic start to the race saw a major collision between Kamui Kobayashi and Felipe Massa on the opening lap. It'd be fair to say the Brazilian wasn't best pleased with the conduct of the Japanese driver:

    Felipe Massa believes that Kobayashi deserves a race ban for the crash he caused at turn one #F1onNBC

    — F1® Racing on NBC (@F1onNBCSports) March 16, 2014


    Mayhem at the start of the #AusGP as Kamui Kobayashi and Felipe Massa crash out #bbcf1

    — BBCF1 (@bbcf1) March 16, 2014

    The drama continued in the early stages, as both Vettel and Hamilton fell foul to reliability issues:

    Update on @LewisHamilton: We were forced to retire his car due to a misfiring cylinder

    — MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) March 16, 2014

    Sebastian has retired with an engine problem. More details after the race. #AusGP

    — Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) March 16, 2014

    Vallteri Bottas started the race in blistering fashion, but he found himself back down the field after this unfortunate incident:

    Three wheels on my wagon, but @ValtteriBottas is still rolling along. #SkyF1

    — Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) March 16, 2014

    Despite all the carnage early on, Rosberg kept his head and eased the car home: 

    Andy Cowell from Mercedes AMG HPP on the podium with @nico_rosberg. The 100th victory for @MercedesBenz power in #F1

    — MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) March 16, 2014

    Whilst Vettel will have been disappointed to drop out, he admitted he was happy for his team-mate Ricciardo, who crossed the line in second place on his Red Bull debut:

    Vettel tells @bbc5live "We came here to do well, The most important thing is the car is quick. At least 50% of the garage is happy." #bbcf1

    — BBCF1 (@bbcf1) March 16, 2014

     But Red Bull's day took a turn for the worse, as BBC Sport broke the news that Ricciardo had been excluded from the race:

    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has been disqualified. Put the champagne back on ice. #bbcf1

    — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 16, 2014

    Meanwhile, McLaren showed off Magnussen's third place trophy via their official website:

    And here's @KevinMagnussen's 3rd place trophy! #F1Melbourne #AusGP #BelieveInMcLaren

    — McLaren (@McLarenF1) March 16, 2014

Winners in Australia

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    Nico Rosberg

    With a tornado of drama, reliability issues and collisions puncturing the early stages of this race, Rosberg kept his head and emerged as the race leader. From that point on, the German’s victory was never in doubt; a winning margin in excess of 24 seconds a prime indicator of his dominance. The 28-year-old drove with incredible poise and precision, and he will be hoping a world championship challenge is on the cards after such a brilliant start to the season.

    Daniel Ricciardo

    Despite his subsequent disqualification, Ricciardo put in a performance that suggests he is going to have a very bright future at current team champions. The 24-year-old Aussie impressed all weekend, following up his solid practice and scintillating qualifying session with a mature drive on race day. He will be devastated to miss out on the podium in such dramatic circumstances, but it was an exciting performance that bodes well for his Red Bull future.

    Kevin Magnussen

    The star of the day was 21-year-old Magnussen. The were shades of a rookie Lewis Hamilton in the Dane's performance, as he finished his first ever Formula One race in second place, jumping up two places up from fourth on the grid. Magnussen, who becomes the first Dane to finish on the podium in an F1 race, drove like a seasoned veteran and after a dismal 2013 season, the McLaren garage will be in great spirits following his stellar debut.

Losers in Australia

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    Lewis Hamilton

    After an imperious qualifying session, many expected that Hamilton would romp to victory in Melbourne. Everything looked to be in order as the Brit managed a clean getaway but engine trouble saw him drop down the field and eventually out of the race. Despite this hiccup, both driver and car have shown plenty of promise this weekend. After Rosberg took the chequered flag here, Hamilton will be hopeful of bouncing back in Malaysia in two weeks' time.

    Sebastian Vettel 

    Oh what a difference a new season can make! The four-time World Champion didn't look like a man chasing a 10th consecutive grand prix win. After failing to sparkle in qualifying, Vettel found himself in the thick of the field, starting in 12th on the grid. But things were to get even worse when he lost power early on and had to withdraw. Like Hamilton though, his team-mate sparkled and that will offer some comfort heading into the second race of the season.


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