Mercedes AMG Petronas secures 25 points at 2014 Australian Grand Prix

Mercedes AMG Petronas secured 25 points at 2014 Australian Grand Prix with Nico Rosberg going from P3 on the grid to top of the podium to begin this GP season. It certainly was a great day with Nico leading every lap and winning with a 24 second lead at the chequered flag.

He raced with a 2 pit stop tragedy today, stopping on laps 12 and 38, running a tyre strategy of option/option/prime, and set the fastest lap on lap 19.

Lewis Hamilton had to retire his car after two laps because of a misfiring cylinder. Nico Rosberg’s win today marks the 100th F1 victory for a Mercedes-Benz engine. The first was secured by Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954.

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 2014 Australian GP (19)Nico Rosberg said, “That was an incredible day for us. To start the season with a win is unbelievable and I have to say a big thank you to everybody who was involved in building our car over the winter. I always dreamed of having such a strong Silver Arrow and now it seems we are there. In the race, everything went perfectly for me. My start was great and I was able to push from there until the end, with our fuel consumption well under control. However, despite our success today, we also know that there is still some work to do. We saw over the weekend that reliability is still a concern and it prevented us from having a strong two-car finish. We have two weeks to improve that. I am very much looking forward to Malaysia and I would love to race again tomorrow!”

 

  Drivers
  Car No.
  Chassis No.
  Race Result / Fastest Lap
Nico Rosberg
6
F1 W05 / 03
P1        1:32.478
Lewis Hamilton
44
F1 W05 / 01
DNF     1:40.287
Weather
Mild and dry
Temperatures
Air: 17–20°C
Track: 20–32°C

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Lewis Hamilton said, “My start didn’t feel great today and I had a lot less power than usual when pulling away, so it was obvious immediately that something was wrong. It looks like we only had five cylinders firing and, while I wanted to keep going, we had to play safe and save the engine. It’s unfortunate but that’s racing and we will recover from this. We have a great car and engine, and the pace was really strong today as Nico clearly showed. Big congratulations to him and the team for achieving the win, it’s a fantastic result for us. Of course I’m disappointed with my own race and when I think about all the work that has gone on back at our factories, it’s tough to have a costly hiccup. However we have achieved an incredible amount to get here, to be at the front and to be so competitive; we will bounce back and learn from this. There is a very long way to go this season.”

Toto Wolff said, “It was a day of light and shadow for us. Nico did a perfect job this afternoon: a great start and a really controlled drive all the way to the final lap. He delivered the car’s performance how he needed to, when he needed to, and took a very composed and deserved victory. On the other side, we were disappointed to lose Lewis so early after a misfiring cylinder forced him to retire. He had done everything right this weekend until that point and it was a situation beyond his control. We know that reliability will be crucial to this long season and we will be working hard to improve the situation for the race in Malaysia. Finally, this victory has a very special meaning for us, too. I would like to dedicate it to Michael, who has been in all our thoughts this weekend. He will keep fighting, as only he knows how, and we are sending all our strength to him today.”

Paddy Lowe said, “Today’s race was all about delivering on the potential we had shown in testing and on the hard work that has been put into this project since its beginning. It was fantastic to get the win on behalf of the hundreds of people in Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart who have contributed to our performance over several years. A special mention must also go to Ross. I have come relatively late to this campaign and would like to thank him for the contribution he made in the years leading to this point, which we can now build upon. It was hugely disappointing for all of us that Lewis was not able to convert his pole position but this is a day to focus on our success rather than failures. We know that this season will be more of a marathon than a sprint and that reliability will play a decisive role. After taking a moment to savour this win, we will be hard at work to improve further for the next race in Malaysia.”