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25px-AustraliaFLAG  2015 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 19 in the 2015 Formula One season
Albert Lake Park Street Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.svg
Date March 15, 2015
Official name 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix
Location Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia
Course Temporary street circuit
5.303 km (3.295 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 58 laps, 307.574 km (191.118 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Clear with maximum ambient temperatures reaching 17.9°C (64.2°F) during the day. Winds south to southwesterly reaching a maximum of 19km/h (12 mph).[1]
Pole position
Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Time 1:26.327
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Time 1:30.945 on lap 50
Podium
First 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Second Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Third Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

The 2015 Australian Grand Prix (formally known as the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix)[2] was a Formula One motor race that was held on 15 March 2015 in Melbourne. The race was contested over fifty-eight laps of the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit and was the first round of the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship.[3][4] The race marked the seventy-ninth race in the combined history of the Australian Grand Prix—which dates back to the 100 Miles Road Race of 1928—and the twentieth time the event was held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was the defending race winner.[5] His team-mate, Lewis Hamilton started the race from pole, his fourth at the circuit and a record for the venue.[6] Hamilton led home Rosberg in a Mercedes 1–2 finish, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel completing the podium in his first start with the team.[7][8]

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Driver changesEdit

Two weeks prior to the race it was announced that McLaren's Fernando Alonso would miss the Grand Prix due to concussion injuries suffered during the pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Doctors advised Alonso to not race as it could cause further damage, and his place was taken by reserve driver Kevin Magnussen,[9] who achieved a second place finish at the event in 2014.

Following a tumultuous pre-season in which they went through a period of administration and were saved by late investment,[10] Manor Marussia arrived in Melbourne with a car that had passed its mandatory crash tests, but had completed no testing. Formula Renault 3.5 Series drivers Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi were announced as their drivers, with Merhi signed on a one-race deal.[11] However, the team did not participate in any practice sessions and subsequently failed to set a qualifying time, leaving the field at eighteen cars for the race.

Legal challenge against SauberEdit

Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde launched legal action against Sauber in the Supreme Court of Victoria, claiming that the team had reneged on a deal that would have seen him race for the team for the 2015 season in favour of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr. His action is based on a previous ruling in his favour passed down by the Swiss court system, and the challenge in Australia specifically sought to have the court block Sauber from racing Ericsson or Nasr in Melbourne.[12] Van der Garde's challenge was successful, with the court ordering the team to allow him to drive, but Sauber publicly announced that they would not compromise the safety of the team or other drivers by putting van der Garde in the car, pointing out that the C34 chassis had been tailored to fit Ericsson and Nasr before filing an appeal against the verdict alongside lawyers representing Ericsson and Nasr.[13][14]

Sauber filed an appeal which was heard the next day, in which they argued that van der Garde's contract had been terminated by the team in February with the approval of the FIA's Contract Recognition Board and that van der Garde has violated the confidentiality clauses of the contract by discussing it with the media.[15] Lawyers representing Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr further argued that van der Garde had not followed the proper legal avenues as their clients had not been informed of the intended legal action until van der Garde filed his motion.[15] However, the appeal was dismissed and the court ordered that van der Garde be allowed to participate in the race,[16] with the hearing adjourned until the following day to hear contempt of court proceedings, in which van der Garde's lawyer argued that Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn should be fined or imprisoned.[17]

An entry list published by the FIA two hours after the court passed its initial judgement on the Thursday before the race listed Ericsson and Nasr as Sauber's drivers following pre-event scrutineering.[18] Neither driver took to the circuit during the first practice session,[19] but both went on to take part in the afternoon's running.[20] The dispute reached a temporary resolution on Saturday morning, with van der Garde surrendering his right to drive in the race, with a view to finding a more permanent solution in the future.[21]

TyresEdit

Pirelli announced they would be supplying teams with the white-banded medium compound tyre as the prime selection and the yellow-banded soft compound as the option selection for the event.[22]

Safety CarEdit

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, which served as F1's Safety Car since 2010, was replaced by the newly launched Mercedes-AMG GT as part of this brand's marketing. The Virtual Safety Car (VSC) system, which is new for 2015, was not employed during the race.

RaceEdit

Lewis Hamilton scored his 39th pole position and 4th at Albert Park, qualifying half a second ahead of his teammate, Nico Rosberg. The Manor Marussia cars were unable to make their race debut, leaving 18 qualified cars. Before the race began, Valtteri Bottas was sidelined due to a back injury sustained in qualifying. Then Daniil Kvyat's Red Bull had transmission problems and was forced to miss the start, and Kevin Magnussen's McLaren suffered an engine failure on the formation lap. This left the grid with 15 starters - the lowest number for a season-opening race since 1963.

At the start, Hamilton assumed the lead while a three-car wide tussle at Turn 1, involving Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Nasr and Pastor Maldonado, resulted in the latter crashing out by Turn 2 and race officials deploying the safety car. The next lap, Romain Grosjean's car failed thus taking both Lotus cars out of the race.

Normal racing resumed on Lap 4, with Carlos Sainz Jr falling back from 5th to his starting position in 7th place after being passed by Felipe Nasr and Daniel Ricciardo. Nasr too lost position after being ordered by the team to relinquish his position for overtaking while still under safety car conditions.

Hamilton maintained in the lead until Lap 25, when he pitted for tires. He resumed the lead from Rosberg after he too had to pit for new tires. During this series of pitstops, Sebastian Vettel gained a position by passing Felipe Massa for third place.

On Lap 34, Max Verstappen retired while in a points=scoring position after his Toro Rosso was engulfed by smoke. On lap 42, Raikkonen also retired at Turn 4 after a botched pitstop caused his left rear tyre to come loose. This put the struggling Jenson Button briefly in the 10th and final points position but for Sergio Perez quickly passing the McLaren-Honda driver after a race long battle that begun at the start, for last position.

From there, the order remained relatively constant with Hamilton ending up to win his 44th win. He was followed by Rosberg, Vettel, Massa and Nasr. The other point scorers, in order, include Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg, Ericsson and Sainz Jr. (who both scored their first career points, Sainz Jr. also on his F1 debut) and Perez. In all, only 11 cars finished the race with Button's McLaren being the only car to finish outside the points and everyone from 6th position down lapped.[23]

Ericsson, Nasr and Sainz Jr all scored their first F1 career points, with the last two doing so on their F1 debut. In addition, Nasr achieved the highest placing for a Brazilian driver making their Grand Prix début.[24][25]

Post-raceEdit

Because Manor Marussia failed to notify the stewards of their inability to field a car, the team was summoned by the FIA to explain why they did not participate in qualifying.[26] However, the hearing provided sufficient evidence to the FIA's satisfaction that the team would have been unable to field their cars, even if they had violated curfew. Despite this, the FIA subsequently elected to have Manor cover their freight charges to and from Australia, costs normally covered by Formula One management.[27][28]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. |No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 44 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:28.586 1:26.894 1:26.327 1
2 6 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:28.906 1:27.097 1:26.921 2
3 19 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:29.246 1:27.895 1:27.718 3
4 5 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:29.307 1:27.742 1:27.757 4
5 7 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:29.754 1:27.807 1:27.790 5
6 77 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:29.641 1:27.796 1:28.087 6
7 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:29.788 1:28.679 1:28.329 7
8 55 22px-Flag of Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso-Renault 1:29.597 1:28.601 1:28.510 8
9 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Mercedes 1:29.537 1:28.589 1:28.560 9
10 13 22px-Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 1:29.847 1:28.726 1:29.480 10
11 12 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.430 1:28.800 11
12 33 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Renault 1:29.248 1:28.868 12
13 26 25px-Flag of Russia Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-Renault 1:30.402 1:29.070 13
14 27 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:29.651 1:29.208 14
15 11 25px-Mexicoflag Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:29.990 1:29.209 15
16 9 22px-Flag of Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:31.376 16
17 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1:31.422 17
18 20 22px-Flag of Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Honda 1:32.037 18
107% time: 1:34.787
DNP 28 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Will Stevens Marussia-Ferrari no time
DNP 98 22px-Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi Marussia-Ferrari no time
Source:[6]

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts.
1 44 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 58 1:31:54.067 1 25
2 6 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 58 +1.360 2 18
3 5 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 58 +34.523 4 15
4 19 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 58 +38.196 3 12
5 12 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 58 +1:35.149 10 10
6 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 57 +1 Lap 6 8
7 27 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 13 6
8 9 22px-Flag of Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 15 4
9 55 22px-Flag of Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso-Renault 57 +1 Lap 7 2
10 11 25px-Mexicoflag Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 14 1
11 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 56 +2 Laps 16
Ret 7 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 40 Wheel 5
Ret 33 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Renault 32 Engine 11
Ret 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Mercedes 1 Power loss 8
Ret 13 Template:Nowrap Lotus-Mercedes 0 Collision 9
DNS 26 25px-Flag of Russia Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-Renault 0 Gearbox 1
DNS 20 22px-Flag of Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Honda 0 Engine 1
DNS 77 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas        Williams-Mercedes 0 Injury 2
Source:[7]

Notes:

  • # – Both Kvyat's and Magnussen's cars failed on the way from the pitlane to the starting grid.[29]
  • # – As Valtteri Bottas was unable to start the race due to a back injury suffered during qualifying and spending the night at the hospital without being cleared to race by the FIA,[30] all cars behind him moved up one place to close the gap.

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos. Driver Pts.
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 25
2 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg 18
3 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel 15
4 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 12
5 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Nasr 10
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos. Constructor Pts.
1 Flag of Germany Mercedes 43
2 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 15
3 [[Image:Template:Country flag alias CHE22x20px}}|Template:Country alias CHE]] Sauber-Ferrari 14
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 12
5 22px-Flag of Austria Red Bull-Renault 8
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

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