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  • Drivers leave the starting grid during the start of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Drivers take the first corner during the start of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Drivers take the first corner during the start of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) ahead of Nico Rosberg of Germany drives the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain drives the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo at the start during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel(front R) drives during the start of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / Peter PARKS / IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) leads the field at the start during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari drives next to Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari leads Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP, Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Scuderia Toro Rosso, Felipe Massa of Brazil and Williams and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Drivers take the first corner during the start of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel races through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / 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 20: Valtteri Bottas of Finland drives the (77) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • McLaren Honda's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso takes a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives ahead of Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Scuderia Toro Rosso, Carlos Sainz of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) ahead of Nico Rosberg of Germany drives the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo and Kimi Raikkonen of Finland drives the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Renault F1 Team's Danish driver Kevin Magnussen powers through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / Paul Crock / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo powers through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / 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 20: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia drives the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Romain Grosjean of France drives the (8) Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari VF-16 Ferrari 059/5 turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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  • A track marshall drops pieces of detached wreckage of the McLaren Honda car of Spanish driver Fernando Alonso into a pile after he crashed spectacularly with Haas F1 Team's Brazilian driver Esteban Gutierrez during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / Paul Crock (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: The car of Romain Grosjean of France drives the (8) Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari VF-16 Ferrari 059/5 turbo at the side of the track after a crash with Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren Honda during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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  • A recovery crew remove the car of McLaren Honda's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso after he was involved in a crash with Haas F1 Team's Brazilian driver Esteban Gutierrez during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / Paul Crock / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Officials and photographers look on as they remove the McLaren Honda car wreckage of Spanish driver Fernando Alonso after he crashed spectacularly with Haas F1 Team's Brazilian driver Esteban Gutierrez during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / Paul Crock (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: The safety car leads Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • The safety car leads Formula One cars down the pit lane as a temporary suspension on the race was lifted following a crash between McLaren Honda's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso and Haas F1 Team's Brazilian driver Esteban Gutierrez during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / POOL / BRANDON MALONE / IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read BRANDON MALONE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Formula One cars are lined up in the pit lane after the race was temporarily suspended following a crash between McLaren Honda's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso and Haas F1 Team's Brazilian driver Esteban Gutierrez during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / POOL / BRANDON MALONE / IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read BRANDON MALONE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands drives the (33) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 059/5 turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Felipe Massa of Brazil drives the (19) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Sergio Perez of Mexico drives the (11) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen (L) climbs out of his car as a fire in the car is extinguished in the pit lane during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / POOL / BRANDON MALONE / IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read BRANDON MALONE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico drives the (21) Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari VF-16 Ferrari 059/5 turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Haas F1 Team's Brazilian driver Esteban Gutierrez takes a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Romain Grosjean of France drives the (8) Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari VF-16 Ferrari 059/5 turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Scuderia Toro Rosso's Dutch driver Max Verstappen takes a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen takes a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Nico Rosberg of Germany drives the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) ahead of Nico Rosberg of Germany drives the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (L) powers through a corner ahead of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (R) during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / 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 20: Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track ahead of Nico Rosberg of Germany drives the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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  • Sahara Force India F1 Team's German driver Nico Hulkenberg powers through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / Paul Crock / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Renault F1 Team's Danish driver Kevin Magnussen powers through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / 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 20: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain drives the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo gets overtaken by Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • McLaren Honda's British driver Jenson Button takes a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Williams Martini Racing's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa powers through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / 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 20: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain drives the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton powers through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / Paul Crock / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel races through a corner ahead of teammate Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / Paul Crock / IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg powers through a corner ahead of Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / Paul Crock / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Manor F1 Team's Indonesian driver Rio Haryanto drives during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / PETER PARKS / IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Nico Rosberg of Germany drives the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Jolyon Palmer of Great Britain drives the (30) Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault RS16 Renault RE16 turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany drives the (27) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Australian F1 Grand Prix
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Carlos Sainz of Spain drives the (55) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 059/5 turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Australian F1 Grand Prix
  • Australian F1 Grand Prix
  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Carlos Sainz of Spain drives the (55) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 059/5 turbo ahead of Max Verstappen of the Netherlands drives the (33) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 059/5 turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Australian F1 Grand Prix
  • Australian F1 Grand Prix
  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Nico Rosberg of Germany drives the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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  • Sauber F1 Team's Brazilian driver Felipe Nasr powers through a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / Paul Crock / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg powers through a corner during the final stages of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / Paul Crock / IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel takes a corner during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Australian F1 Grand Prix
  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Nico Rosberg of Germany drives the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (C) celebrates on the podium next to Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton (2nd L) and Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (4th R) during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (C) celebrates on the podium next to Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) and Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (R) during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / PETER PARKS / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (R) talks to his teammate British driver Lewis Hamilton on the podium during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Australian F1 Grand Prix
  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates with his trophy during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (C) celebrates with Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (R) and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton on the podium after the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (L) toasts champagne with Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (R) on the podium at the end of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari talks with Mark Webber on the podium during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (R) pours champagne on former Formula One Australian driver Mark Webber (C) as Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (L) looks on at the podium at the end of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Australian F1 Grand Prix
  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium with Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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The three brief Formula 1 tests ahead of the current season belied how much had gone on since the last race in November: Infiniti subbed out for Tag Heuer, Renault is back, the all new Haas F1 team, a revamped Manor, three brand new drivers and two returning drivers, a raft of regulation changes among the newly tilled soil. The four engine manufacturers spent a combined 67 tokens among the 138 in the kitty, Renault using just seven of their 32.

The only conclusive proof to come from the annual intermission was the otherworldly capability of Mercedes-AMG Petronas. The Silver Arrows didn't even try the super- and ultra-soft tires, focusing on reliability instead of speed. The result? They ran more than 19 race distances, obliterating the lap totals of every other team.

Lewis Hamilton drives during the 2016 Australian F1 Grand Prix.

There are certainly a few people who enjoyed the complicated new rolling-elimination qualifying format fast-tracked to approval just a few weeks ago. They were wildly outnumbered by those who thought it was awful, including the same team heads who voted for it. We'd probably have to go back to the debacle at the 2005 Indianapolis Grand Prix for an equivalent fiasco when Michelin pulled its teams over safety fears, leaving six cars out of 20 to qualify. In Australia, within 24 hours of the conclusion of qualifying, the new format had itself been eliminated.

Nevertheless, qualifying also taught us what didn't happen over the winter: any other team progressing enough to outduel Mercedes.

After admitting that he dropped off after winning the championship last year, then getting questioned in the press for some dubious off-season activities, Lewis Hamilton proved he can still turn it on when he wants to. The Brit smoked the Albert Park track in 1:23.837, more than three-tenths of a second ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg in second place. Ferrari did make strides during the off-season, but only enough to keep the same gap it had to Mercedes last year: Sebastian Vettel lined up third, a half-second behind Rosberg, teammate Kimi Räikkönen another four-tenths back in fourth place. Max Verstappen said Toro Rosso is the best of the rest, the Dutchman taking fifth place in front of Felipe Massa for Williams in sixth and Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz in sixth.

Daniel Ricciardo drives during the 2016 Australian F1 Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo – who wasn't smiling after qualifying – kept Red Bull and its new "Tag Heuer" engines in the conversation with eighth on the grid. Force India resumed its usual early-season strength, rounding out the front-runners with Sergio Perez in ninth trailed by Nico Hülkenberg in tenth. The only driver well out of place was Daniil Kvyat, apparently a victim of "poor tactics."

McLaren had to have been happy that drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button made it to the sharp end of Q2. If this is their true level and they can launch a strong development path, the team could be a regular top-ten fixture in short order.

US team Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutíerrez were booted out during Q1 and line up ahead of the two last-placed Manors. However, Haas didn't make a bad showing for the team's first-ever quali – they didn't time the drivers' hot laps properly.

The 2016 Australian F1 Grand Prix.

If perplexing qualifying won't rearrange the grid, poor starts can always be relied on. Both Hamilton and Rosberg made unsatisfactory starts, letting Vettel and Räikkönen slip up the middle during the sprint to Turn 1. Then, at the exit of the first turn Rosberg ran way wide in the melee, making slight contact with Hamilton and pushing him out to the curbing. By the end of Turn 2 the order was Vettel, Räikkönen, and Rosberg, with Hamilton trailing in seventh. Verstappen, Massa, and Sainz were between them.

Round One showed Ferrari has the pace to keep up with Mercedes. Vettel slowly grew the gap to his teammate in second, Rosberg stayed Räikkönen but was unable to get near enough to make the pass. Hamilton got past Sainz on the first lap, but couldn't get past Verstappen on track – and that Toro Rosso is using a year-old Ferrari engine.

Mercedes and Ferrari race at the 2016 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The order didn't change until the first round of pit stops: on Lap 17 the tweaked order was Vettel, Rosberg, Räikkönen, and Hamilton. The key detail at this point was that the two Ferraris had gone onto super-soft tires, Rosberg was on softs, and Hamilton had put on mediums trying to get to the end of the race. Mercedes had done almost all of its pre-season testing on the medium compound.

Lap 17 would bring a shock we won't forget for the entire season, when Alonso ran into the back of Gutíerrez on the run to Turn 3. Gutíerrez, in the Haas, happened to be in the middle of the track and braked quite a bit earlier than the McLaren driver. Alonso, already closing in for the pass, didn't have time to get around him and the McLaren's front right hit the Haas' rear left, shooting the McLaren up into the air at enormous speed. He slid down the tarmac then flipped when he hit the gravel trap, coming to rest upside down in a chassis that looked like it had been extracted from a crusher. Everyone walked away from it; Alonso and the stewards deemed it a racing incident.

The aftermath of a crash between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez at the 2016 Australian F1 Grand Prix.

That brought out the Safety Car then the red flag. Mercedes made its winning move while every car was stationary, switching Rosberg to medium tires. Ferrari stayed on super-softs. Racing resumed after 20 minutes on Lap 19, within five laps of the restart it was clear the Ferrari strategy probably wouldn't work. Vettel couldn't lap more than 0.2 seconds faster than Rosberg. Vettel definitely had to pit again and would never get the 24-second gap needed to change tires and still come out near the lead.

That's how Rosberg won the race, by completing the distance on the medium compounds that Mercedes knows so well, the German taking his fourth victory in a row dating back to last season. That's also how Mercedes scored a one-two to start the season, Hamilton staying on track with his mediums to leapfrog every other runner ahead, including Vettel.

A Ferrari in the pits at the 2016 Australian F1 Grand Prix.

Räikkönen had retired on Lap 23 after a mechanical problem ended his race, flames erupting from his airbox in the pits. That elevated Ricciardo in his quiet race to fourth, climbing through the field without attention. On Lap 2 he was ninth. On Lap 7 he was eighth. On Lap 16 he was sixth. By the time of the race restart he was fourth. The Tag Heuer engine works much better with the Red Bull chassis than it does when badged as a Renault in the Renault chassis. That's half-good news for the Ricciardo and the team. The half-bad news is that Kvyat couldn't start with race due to an electrical issue.

Felipe Massa crossed the line fifth, his Williams unaccountably off the pace in the opening stint, then able to hold its own decently enough after the restart. We'll look to the coming races to find out if Red Bull or Williams is the best of the rest.

Romain Grosjean with Haas F1 in the 2016 Australian F1 Grand Prix.

Romain Grosjean took the checkered flag in sixth for Haas, perhaps the revelation of the race weekend. As he said, and rightly so, it's like a victory for the team. Haas also made its winning move when all the cars were stopped – Grosjean hadn't pitted when the big accident happened, so he got a free pit stop when the race was red flagged, went onto the mediums and stayed out for the remainder. If he had had to stop, he would have finished the race somewhere around Jenson Button in 14th and Felipe Nasr in 15th. Yes, Haas got lucky. But the team had done a good enough job to take advantage of that luck, and that's a genuine triumph. Toyota was the last brand new team to score points in its first race with Mika Salo in 2002 (Brawn GP and Red Bull weren't brand new teams; they took over existing teams). Strange trivia fact: the last American team to score points was the entirely unaffiliated Team Haas in 1986 at Monza with Australian Alan Jones driving.

Hülkenberg brought his Force India home in seventh ahead of Bottas in the Williams in eighth, both drivers moving up three places from their grid positions without any fanfare.

Two Toro Rossos race at the 2016 Australian F1 Grand Prix.

The Toro Rosso duo of Sainz and Verstappen closed out the top ten, the Dutchman having spent half his race driving in literal anger. The team pitted Sainz first instead of Verstappen, even though Verstappen was ahead on track. When the Dutch teenager came out behind the Spanish teenager and couldn't get around him on track, and the team didn't force Sainz to move over for him, every few laps Verstappen would let the team know exactly what he thought of the situation. If Toro Rosso has a Swear Jar, there are quite a few Aussie dollars in it.

Nico Rosberg races during the 2016 Australian F1 Grand Prix.

The podium, one we've seen before, was Rosberg, Hamilton, Vettel. It was Rosberg's second Australian victory, 31 years after his father Keke won the first-ever Australian Grand Prix in 1985, and Mercedes' seventh victory in a row from back to last season. Hamilton's second place tied him with Michael Schumacher's six podium finishes at Australia. His second connection to Schumacher happened a day earlier when he took his 50th pole position – only the German driver and Ayrton Senna have won at least that many poles.

The podium at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix.

The account is open, Rosberg with 25 points, Hamilton with 18, Vettel with 15 in the Driver's Championship. Mercedes gets the maximum possible in the Constructor's Championship with 43 points, followed by Ferrari with 15, Williams with 14, Red Bull with 12, and Haas with a gigantic eight. There's a two-week break until Bahrain that kicks off three races in April, we'll be back then.

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