The 2014 Formula 1 season has kicked off in spectacular fashion, with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg cruising to victory at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Hometown hero Daniel Ricciardo
took second for Red Bull, while McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen shocked the grid with a brilliant drive to round out the podium. Ex-champs Jenson Button and
Fernando Alonso finished fourth and fifth, respectively; Williams' youngster Valtteri Bottas drove his way to sixth despite a dramatic early puncture that
incited this year's maiden safety car.
The Force India of Nico Hulkenberg and Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen followed, with the Toro Rosso team—teenage phenom Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne—closing out the
Albert Park top ten.
Chaos broke out early, as Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi made it all of 900 feet before harpooning Felipe Massa's Williams through Turn 1, resulting in a pair
of quick retirements. Next to park was pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, who pitted during lap 4 with power problems and didn't return. A nonsed Sebastian
Vettel then had his Red Bull quit the following lap.
Lotus registered a double-DNF, as Pastor Maldonado's turbo popped during lap 31 and Romain Grosjean suffered a disappointing late-race KERS failure.
UPDATE:FIA race stewards have nullified Daniel Ricciardo's second place finish and disqualified Red Bull from the 2014 Australian Grand Prix. According to multiple reports (, , ), a post-race investigation found that Ricciardo's RB10 exceeded F1's new fuel-flow limit of 100kg/h. Red Bull says it will appeal the decision.
If the ruling stands, Force India's Nico Hulkenberg would move into tenth place, pushing Jenson Button onto the podium and allotting McLaren 33 Constructor's points for its efforts in Melbourne. "
It's stunning start to the 2014 Formula 1 season, and one that raises more questions than it answers. Is Kevin Magnussen the real deal? Can Mercedes and
Red Bull right their troubled rides? Will Nico Rosberg be a serious title contender?
Malaysia can't come soon enough.