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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton (front-R) leads the pack at the start of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP leads the field into the first corner during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • Williams Martini Racing's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa (bottom-L) powers through the first corner at the start of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Lotus F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean leaves his car after crashing during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MAL FAIRCLOUGH -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read MAL FAIRCLOUGH/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP follow the safety car during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP follow the safety car during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP leads Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP and Felipe Massa of Brazil and Williams during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton speeds through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MAL FAIRCLOUGH -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read MAL FAIRCLOUGH/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Williams Martini Racing's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa speeds through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / William WEST --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen powers through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Paul CROCK IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Felipe Nasr of Brazil and Sauber F1 drives during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton waves to the crowd after winning the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Paul CROCK IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo races past the crowd during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Paul CROCK IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Sahara Force India F1 Team's Mexican driver Sergio Perez powers ahead of the pack during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Paul CROCK IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari makes a pit stop during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo (L) leads Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen (R) through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / William WEST --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg powers through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Paul CROCK IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • McLaren Honda's British driver Jenson Button speeds through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / William WEST --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari runs wide next to Carlos Sainz of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo speeds through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MAL FAIRCLOUGH -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read MAL FAIRCLOUGH/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Sauber F1 Team's Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson powers through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Paul CROCK IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Sahara Force India F1 Team's Mexican driver Sergio Perez locks up his brakes during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Paul CROCK IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Felipe Massa of Brazil and Williams drives during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Force India drives during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Marcus Ericsson of Sweden and Sauber F1 drives during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton races through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Paul CROCK IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Carlos Sainz of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands locks up his brakes as he enters a corner during the qualifying session for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Ross Land)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari drives during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain is celebrated by his pit crew as he crosses the finish line to win the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, March 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrate with Professor Thomas Weber in Parc Ferme after the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: (L-R) Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP, Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrate on the podium after the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton (C) holds the trophy aloft after winning the Formula One Australian Grand Prix as teammate German Nico Rosberg (L) looks on in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / William WEST --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton (R) speaks on the podium next to Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger after winning the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / William WEST --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: (L-R) Professor Thomas Weber of Mercedes GP, Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP, Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrate on the podium after the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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We can't remember the last time 90 percent of the action in Formula One had nothing to do with cars setting timed laps. Yet that's was the situation at the Australian Grand Prix, continuing the antics from a scarcely believable off-season with blow-ups, driver and team absences, a lawsuit, and a clear need for some teams to get down and give us 50 pit stops.

Nothing much has changed from a regulation standpoint, and at the front of the field nothing has changed at all. Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes-AMG Petronas claimed the first position on the grid like someone put a sign on it that read, "Reserved for Mr. Hamilton;" teammate Nico Rosberg was 0.6 behind in second, Felipe Massa in the Williams was 1.4 seconds back in third. Sebastian Vettel proved that Ferrari didn't do another Groundhog Day routine this off-season, slotting into fourth. His teammate Kimi Räikkönen was not even four-hundredths of a second behind, ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the second Williams, Daniel Ricciardo in the first Infiniti Red Bull Racing, and rookie Carlos Sainz, Jr. in the first Toro Rosso. Lotus, now powered by Mercedes, got both cars into the top ten with Romain Grosjean in ninth, Pastor Maldonado in the final spot.

However, even though the regulations are almost all carryover, in actual fact, everything has changed this year. Mercedes is even faster. Renault is even worse. Ferrari and Lotus are a lot better. Toro Rosso is looking like anything but a junior team. And McLaren is – well, let's not even get into that yet. Furthermore, this weekend was shambles: 15 cars started the race, the smallest naturally-occurring grid since 1963. Manor couldn't get its cars ready before qualifying. Bottas had to pull out after qualifying when he tore a disc in his back and couldn't pass the medical clearance tests. The gearbox in Daniil Kvyat's Red Bull gave out on the lap from the pit to the grid, and to give misery some company, the Honda in Kevin Magnussen's McLaren blew up on the same lap.

The 2015 Australian Formula One Grand Prix.

When the lights went out, Hamilton ran away and was more than a second ahead of his teammate at the end of Lap 1. The advantage disappeared, though, because behind him, at the first corner, we got our first pile-up. As Räikkönen drove around the outside of Vettel at the right-hand Turn 1 it looked like Vettel, going over the kerbing, hopped to his left and bounced into Räikkönen. The Finn crossed over to the runoff inside the left-hand Turn 2, as Sauber driver Felipe Nasr behind him tried to pass to Räikkönen's right. But the Finn came back on the track and tapped Nasr, who lurched to the right and tapped Maldonado and sent the Lotus into the right-hand wall. The twisted-up Lotus was done, and the Safety Car was out immediately so the Lotus could be recovered.

Three laps later when racing resumed, Hamilton ran away and was more than a second ahead of his teammate at the end of Lap 4. That's the way it would go for the rest of the race – Hamilton lost the lead in the pits, otherwise Rosberg never got closer than 1.3 seconds, and would cross the line in second, 1.3 seconds behind.

The 2015 Australian Formula One Grand Prix.

Vettel, who'd said he could have qualified third, proved it by finishing the race in that position. Trailing Massa in the Williams in the opening stages, he took third when Massa pitted on Lap 22 and he stayed out to lay down some fast laps. While Vettel was in, Massa was stuck behind Ricciardo, so Vettel stayed in third place and held it to the end. Late in the race it looked like Massa might at least make a fight of it, but no – the Ferrari was simply quicker. Vettel got on the podium for the first time since 2013 and showed that the best-of-the-rest fight will be between Ferrari and Williams at least for the first few races. For both he and Ferrari, who separately suffered nothing but misery last year, it will feel like victory. Remember when Hamilton left McLaren, a team in turmoil, to jump to Mercedes, a team in turmoil that had just been through a complete overhaul? Looks like Vettel did the same thing.

There'll be a few alarm bells at Ferrari, too, over two terrible pit stops for Räikkönen. The crew had trouble with is left rear tire both times, and the jackman didn't hold him back either time. After the second stop, Räikkönen got released but pulled the car over at Turn 2, the wheel having not been fastened properly. They escaped a penalty for unsafe release this time, but they'll want to do a lot better next time.

The 2015 Australian Formula One Grand Prix.

Man of the day was Sauber driver Nasr, who got his blue and yellow steed home in fifth. The Brazilian was unflappable – and the Ferrari engine behind him is quite good – holding off Ricciardo in the late stages. Even better, teammate Marcus Ericsson came home in eighth to earn Sauber a total of 14 points this year, which is 14 more than it scored all of last year. Now Sauber has to figure out what to do about former reserve driver Giedo van der Garde, who sued the Swiss outfit after it took his sponsor money last year and promised him a race seat this year, then booted him for better financial offers. Van der Garde has won judgments in three countries over breach of contract, and having seen how good the car is he'll be desperate to get in it. They have until Malaysia in two weeks to figure it out.

Ricciardo took sixth in the Red Bull, a lap down. The driver known for awesome overtaking and opportunistic victories last year had no hope of either in this race. Renault said they'd worked on reliability and had closed the gap to Mercedes, but this year's power unit has proved itself so fragile, weak, and difficult to drive that Red Bull is publicly pleading for more and better cooperation. There's gonna be a lot of fizz at the fizzy drinks team this year, and things will probably get a little quiet at Infiniti for a while.

The 2015 Australian Formula One Grand Prix.

Force India pilot Nico Hülkenberg did his usual, pulling up to seventh at the finish from 14th on the grid. The car got just 1.5 days of testing in during the pre-season so we'll undoubtedly see better performance from it, but it's run absolutely trouble-free. Teammate Sergio Perez finished tenth, giving the team a good start on points this year, which it will need – the midfield competition is a lot better everywhere. If they pull another one of their end-of-season fades, they'll be shaking hands with Manor at the bottom of the charts.

Ninth place went to rookie Carlos Sainz, Jr. in the Toro Rosso, who would have done better but for a troublesome wheel change during his pit stop. Still, for the first-timer to qualify and finish in the top ten on his first F1 foray is a good start to the team's youth brigade. His teammate, 17-year-old Max Verstappen, was in the top ten when he pitted on Lap 33, but had to pull the car over with a blown engine on the next lap – sure to be another note on the post-race debrief agenda with Renault.

The 2015 Australian Formula One Grand Prix.

Fifteen cars started, eleven finished, and the last one to cross the line was Button in the McLaren, the only driver who'd been lapped twice. After doing just 12 laps in all of pre-season testing, Honda said it turned down the output of its power unit to focus on reliability, but Magnussen still blew an engine and Button said just getting to the end of the race was "a big deal and a massive step forward." Or put another way, last place – in a race with 11 finishers – was "a good starting point." McLaren are the masters of the in-season turnaround; this is the year they'll put all of that wisdom to use.

Hamilton's victory, his seventh pole-to-flag victory in a row and 34th career win, gives him 25 points in the Driver's Championship, ahead of Rosberg with 18, and Vettel with 15. Mercedes-AMG Petronas collects the full haul of 50 43 in the Constructor's Championship, with Ferrari on 15 points, Sauber on 14, and Williams on 12. But get this: Vettel came in third 36 seconds behind Hamilton, Nasr in fifth was 95 seconds behind, Ricciardo in sixth had been lapped, and Hamilton could have gone faster – he was only worried about keeping Rosberg behind, and he drove just fast enough to do that. If the other three engine manufacturers agreed to pool their development tokens and use them all on the Ferrari power unit, they'd have almost no chance of making up the more than half-second-per-lap Mercedes has right now... and Mercedes still has tokens of its own. They're in the groove.

The 2015 Australian Formula One Grand Prix.

That's where we are to start the season. Unless you drive a silver car, this one's looking rough - they're in the trenches. We'll see you in two weeks.

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