Rosberg hails perfect start after Australia win

By on Sunday, March 20, 2016
Pirelli Media

Pirelli Media

Nico Rosberg hailed a 'perfect' start to the season as he collected victory at the Australian Grand Prix for the second time in three years.

Rosberg lost out to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the start but used the undercut during the first stint to move ahead of the Finn, briefly challenging Vettel for the lead.

Rosberg remained behind his compatriot but profited when Mercedes opted to fit Medium tyres after the restart, compared to Ferrari fitting another set of the Super Softs to Vettel's car.

It meant Vettel had to pit once more, clearing Rosberg's path to take victory, ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

"It’s been a great weekend, thank you to the team, they’ve done an incredible job with this car, it was just unreal today, to beat the Ferraris was great, so we loved it, super excited," he said.

"It's early days but of course it's perfect start we’ve got to keep an eye on the red guys as they’re very close as we saw today so we have to give it everything to stay ahead."

Hamilton was relieved to recover to second after dropping down to sixth on the first lap, before recovering to fourth, only to slip back to seventh after being caught out by the timing of the red flag.

"It was a great race, I love the fact we had to come from behind, the team did a great job as always," he said.

"It was tricky out there, especially with the guys in front who had the faster tyres on, it’s just impossible to follow here as you can see for all of us, but I’m really happy to get the result, great result for the team

"I’ve had much worse in the first race so, a long long way to go, bagged the points today."

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