Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Australian Grand PrixReuters

Defending champions Lewis Hamilton was the first racer to cross the chequered flag in the Formula One season opener – Australian Grand Prix.

He has started the season on the right track with a victory in the first race of the season. His Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg finished second, who was equally impressive.

It was a dominant race by the champion driver, as he led the race from start to finish. He did not make a single mistake in the race and showed that both he and his car were in perfect shape and ready for the grand season ahead, where other drivers would look to grab the prestigious drivers' title away from the British driver.

From the first race of the competition, Hamilton received 25 points followed by Rosberg's 18. The Mercedes have been mighty impressive ever since the practice session. It would take some doing for other teams to beat Mercedes as far as the constructor championship is concerned as well.

Rosberg gave his best in the season opener, but was still not able to catch his team mate. But, he is hopeful that he will beat Hamilton.

"It is a nice feeling to be second today because it is an awesome start to the season for the team. They have given us a stunning car," said Rosberg in his post-race interview.

"Lewis has done a fantastic job this weekend. I could not quite beat him but I was trying all the way to the maximum. I will give him a big run for his money and hopefully beat him."

Sebastian Vettel, despite being behind Williams' Felipe Massa in the starting grid finished ahead of Williams' Massa to grab a podium finish.

The Australian Grand Prix only witnessed 11 drivers finishing the race, but it was a great news for Force India, as both their racers, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, not only managed to complete the race, but also received six and one points respectively. Hulkenberg finished in the seventh position, while Perez finished 10th.

Hamilton would be eager to come up with a similar performance in the second race of the season at the Malaysian Grand Prix later during the month, where he won last season as well.

But, expect some tough competition from Vettel, who has won the Malaysian Grand Prix three times in his career – 2010, '11 and '13.

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