For 60 years Grand Prix racing has sat at the pinnacle of world motor sport. First organised in 1950, the FIA Formula 1™ World Championship now embraces more than 900 races; the 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix will be the 21st to be staged in Melbourne and the 32nd in our country.
Currently, the World Championship encompasses virtually every continent on the planet, with 20 races the modern rule rather than the exception. F1’s reach extends from Australia to Abu Dhabi, with stops in places like the USA, Mexico, Singapore and other exotic locations.
The 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix has seen Nico Rosberg claimed a well-earned victory and a perfect start to his determined bid for a first world drivers’ title last Sunday!
The 30-year-old German came home first ahead of his Mercedes team-mate defending drivers’ world champion Lewis Hamilton with four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel finishing third for Ferrari.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fourth for Red Bull Racing in a contest interrupted — and suspended for 20 minutes — by the first red flag at the Albert Park Circuit in 21 years since the Australian race came to Melbourne in 1996. The suspension came after 18 laps when two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso, in a McLaren Honda, collided with Mexican Esteban Gutierrez of the new Haas Ferrari team.
Rosberg’s win was his second in Melbourne, following his triumph in 2014, and the 15th of his career. “It’s been a great weekend,” he said. “The car has been unreal and to beat the Ferraris is just great. I’m super excited!”