Lewis Hamilton begins F1 season with Australian Grand Prix victory

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Lewis Hamilton began his reign as Formula One world champion with his 34th career victory by taking the chequered flag in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

A bizarre set of circumstances in the immediate build-up to the race at Melbourne’s Albert Park resulted in just 15 cars taking to the grid, the lowest number to start the first grand prix of a year since 1963.

Come the conclusion to the 58 laps only 11 cars remained, with Hamilton a mere 1.3secs ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg as the duo were in total control, with the Briton leading from start to finish.

On his debut for Ferrari after leaving Red Bull at the end of last year, the team that made him four times champion, Sebastian Vettel completed the podium, the team’s first since Hungary last July.

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