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Mercedes dominate as Magnussen earns a trophy - The first race of 2014 has its share of surprises

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Mercedes dominate as Magnussen earns a trophy
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The Australian Grand Prix got off to a clunky start, as both Marussia drivers stalled on the grid and we had an extra formation lap. When the action did get going, Nico Rosberg stormed into the lead ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo, but Hamilton’s race was to be short-lived anyway. Both he and Sebastian Vettel retired within the first five laps due to power unit problems.

At the first corner, Felipe Massa was taken out by Kamui Kobayashi, leaving Valtteri Bottas shouldering the hopes of Williams. The Finn hit the wall which knocked him down the order, but he fought his way back to sixth place.

Ahead of him, Kevin Magnussen moved to third and remained there to pick up a podium finish on his debut race. Jenson Button finished just behind, putting McLaren into the lead of the championship for now. Both Toro Rosso drivers finished in the points, whilst neither Lotus driver could get to the end of the race, suffering yet more power unit trouble.

The win was reserved for Rosberg, with Ricciardo beaming in second in front of the home crowd.