Mercedes enjoy laugh last on day of high farce

(L to R) Second placed Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, race winner Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain and third placed Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrate on the podium after the Australian F1 Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne March 15, 2015.    REUTERS/Jason Reed

(L to R) 2nd positioned Mercedes Components One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, race winner Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of britain and 0.33 placed Ferrari System One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany have fun on the podium after the Australian F1 Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne March 15, 2015.

Credit Score: Reuters/Jason Reed


(Reuters) – A podium appearance through Hollywood sturdy-man Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared a suitable conclusion for a farcical Sunday at the Australian Grand Prix, the place handiest Eleven cars completed and Mercedes’ dominance used to be nearly embarrassing for the workforce’s drivers.

World champion Lewis Hamilton could have finished just one.Three seconds beforehand of staff mate Nico Rosberg in successful System One’s season-opener but the pole-sitting Briton crossed the line an magnificent 34 seconds away from 1/3-positioned Sebastian Vettel.

As if to catch up on the shortage of a contest on a sunny day at Albert Park, movie actor and former California governor Schwarzenegger used to be drafted in for the rostrum ceremony, the place he conducted some fun, if quite awkward, interviews.

The awkwardness was to continue in the put up-race media conference where Hamilton and the equally diplomatic Rosberg were at pains to disclaim the Components One season was not just a two-horse race.

“I Feel the Ferraris have taken an enormous step forward and have made one of the greatest steps,” Hamilton mentioned generously as Ferrari debutant Vettel, sitting on his left, wore a wry smile.

“I look forward to we would possibly have a good fight with them at some stage this yr.”

Rosberg, runner-up in the championship closing yr, used to be slightly franker when he mentioned Mercedes would “be leading the best way evidently” for the first couple of races.

“However it might be good if they may be able to come just a little closer… as long as they don’t get too shut,” the German stated.

His feedback drew a snicker from Vettel, a 4-instances world champion with Crimson Bull, who had a whole lot of expertise defending the dominance of his former workforce.

“Be honest, do you really hope so?” he interjected, raising roars of laughter. “Critically? You end 34 seconds in advance of us and you hope it is going to be nearer? You hope you’ll slow down?”

Hamilton and Rosberg commandeered 16 out of 19 race wins in last year’s championship and 18 out of 19 poles.

The duo dominated qualifying once more in Australia with the Briton lapping virtually 1.5 seconds sooner than Felipe Massa’s Williams in third position, times that suggest the Silver Arrows have in truth widened the gap to their competitors and raised immediate fears the season will be a foregone conclusion.

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff stated his group had met all their targets, or almost achieved them.

“The percent of the car is improbable and then to have a faultless weekend with each drivers immaculate in the automotive without any problems. This Is the result which you can achieve,” he said.

(Editing by using John O’Brien)

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