Formula One: Hamilton edges Rosberg to win Australian GP

AFP , Sunday 15 Mar 2015

Lewis Hamilton fought off teammate Nico Rosberg to give Mercedes a dominant victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday.

Reigning world champion Hamilton held the upper hand with his faster Mercedes car to beat last year's race winner Rosberg by 1.3 seconds.

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, in his first race drive for Ferrari since switching from Red Bull, finished on the podium in third place just ahead of Felipe Massa in a Williams.

It was all-conquering Mercedes' eighth straight victory, with their last defeat coming in Belgium last August to Australian Daniel Ricciardo driving a Red Bull, and their 20th race in a row with at least one driver on the podium. Hamilton, 30, has won seven of the last eight GPs.

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