Race day began in eventful style, as just an hour before the race Valtteri Bottas was ruled out, the Finn being deemed unfit to race due to a back injury sustained in qualifying. Williams reported that Bottas had suffered has a very small tear in the annular part of a disc in his lower back and FIA official ruled that he should not start. The incidents mounted in the build up to the start when the McLaren of Kevin Magnussen and the Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat expired on the way to the grid.
Rosberg kept Hamilton honest, pushing to the last to finish just over a second behind the world champion, who took his 34th career win. With Vettel third, Massa took fourth ahead of compatriot Nasr, while Ricciardo salvaged some pride for Red Bull Racing with sixth place ahead of Hulkenberg. Sainz tried to cling on to eighth place but his tyres were deteriorating quickly and on lap 56 he was passed by Ericsson. Perez took the final point on offer, while Jenson Button, the last finisher, completed a race distance for Honda-powered McLaren in 11th place.
2015 Australian Grand Prx, Albert Park, Melbourne. 58 laps, 307.574km., Weather: Sunny.
Classified: P. Driver Team Time 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1:31:54.067 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG + 1.360 3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 34.523 4. Felipe Massa Williams + 38.196 5. Felipe Nasr Sauber + 1:35.149 6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull1 + 1 lap 7. Nico Hülkenberg Force India + 1 lap 8. Marcus Ericsson Sauber + 1 lap 9. Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso + 1 lap 10. Sergio Pérez Force India + 1 lap 11. Jenson Button McLaren + 2 laps Fastest lap: L. Hamilton - 1:30.945(2014/1:32.478) Not Classified: Driver Team On lap Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 41 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 33 Romain Grosjean Lotus 2 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Did not star Kevin Magnussen McLaren Did not star Valtteri Bottas Williams Injured Will Stevens Manor Did not qualify Roberto Merhi Manor Did not qualify After 1-st Race: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Lewis Hamilto 25 1. Mercedes AMG 43 2. Nico Rosberg 18 2. Ferrari 15 3. Sebastian Vettel 15 3. Sauber 14 4. Felipe Massa 12 4. Williams 12 5. Felipe Nasr 10 5. Red Bull 8 6. Daniel Ricciardo 8 6. Force India 7 7. Nico Hulkenberg 6 7. Toro Rosso 2 8. Marcus Ericsson 4 9. Carlos Sainz Jr. 2 10. Sergio Perez 1