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Summary

  1. Hamilton wins, Rosberg 2nd, Vettel 3rd
  2. Massa 4th, Nasr 5th, Ricciardo 6th, Hulkenberg 7th
  3. Ericsson 8th, Sainz 9th, Perez 10th, Button 11th
  4. Verstappen out, Raikkonen out after botched pit stop
  5. Maldonado crashes out, Grosjean out
  6. Button and Perez make contact during scrap
  7. Magnussen & Kvyat out after stopping on way to grid
  8. Bottas does not race after back injury

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Formula 1

So Lewis Hamilton makes the first move in the battle for the world title. Can Nico Rosberg respond in Malaysia in two weeks' time? Join us again then to find out. Cheerio.

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Mercedes

Mercedes: Meanwhile, YES, it did happen! Totonator and Terminator. BOOM!

Race highlights

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Opted for a Sunday morning lie-in rather than follow the race? I'm not offended, but don't forget highlights of the Australian Grand Prix will be on BBC One at 13:15 GMT.

Driver reaction

Ferrari
Ferrari

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who retired following a botched pit stop: "I'm not happy not to finish the race, but I still believe in good races. In race pace we are not so far from Mercedes."

Driver reaction

Sebastian Vettel, who finished third: "It feels very good. You have to keep your feet on the ground. We showed good pace in testing and today we were able to turn it around.

"There is a big gap to Mercedes so it is not nice to see they are 30 seconds down the road. But we have a good car to work with.

"Mercedes are doing a good job. And Lewis deserved to win. You have to be man enough to respect that."

Driver reaction

Jenson Button, who finished 11th: "It's quite funny. The points don't really mean anything but this was a big step forward in terms of reliability.

"It hurts you in many ways. It was a great job by everyone under very difficult circumstances. I think it was a good step forward for now."

Ferrari
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After suffering the first winless season in his career last year, a fresh start at Ferrari seems to have done Sebastian Vettel the world of good and he looks to have settled in well at the team after leaving Red Bull.

Beating the Mercedes for victories this season might be a tough ask, but Rome wasn't built in a day, and a podium in the opening race of the season arguably surpassed expectations.

It took Michael Schumacher five seasons to deliver the title after joining Ferrari in 1996, a time when Ferrari had won two races in the previous two seasons combined - coincidentally the exact same statistic that Ferrari have at the beginning 2015.

'A beast of a car'

Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton

Since 2002, the Australia GP winner has gone on to win the championship on seven occasions.

Can Lewis Hamilton make it eight? Here's a few more words from him: "It was a pretty unreal weekend for me. This is the greatest feeling - to have a car I can challenge with again.

"The team have given me a beast of a car to fight with."

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BBC

If you have just woken up, you might have missed our vote from before the race. We asked who will win the championship and the overwhelming favourite was Lewis Hamilton, with 78% of the vote.

He's taken the first step towards doing just that with victory today.

Interestingly, more people seem to think someone other than Nico Rosberg stands a better chance of taking the title despite the fact the German is in the all-conquering Mercedes.

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A few more words from Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, who finished second: "Lewis drove like a world champion and that was it.

"It was not the easiest of races. It was difficult strategy-wise out there."

Stefan Johansson
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Stefan Johansson competing for Onyx in 1989

Another landmark for Sauber as Marcus Ericsson, who finished eighth, became the first Swede to score a point in an F1 race since Stefan Johansson finished third in the 1989 Portuguese Grand Prix for Onyx.

McLaren-Honda were so, so close to a sneaky result but ultimately their miserable 2015 continued as Jenson Button was the only finishing driver to fail to pick up a point.

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It is the first time he has failed to score points in Melbourne since 2008, when he was also in a Honda. That was also the last time he had arguably such a poor car to drive.

Mercedes
Mercedes

Mercedes: Proud :)

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Formula 1

Here's the race result in full and who scored points. Basically everyone who finished the race except for Jenson Button.

Sauber success

Felipe Nasr
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Felipe Nasr

After a pointless year in 2014, Felipe Nasr gave Sauber their first points since 2013 as the impressive rookie finished fifth.

That is also the best result for a Sauber rookie on his debut, beating Kimi Raikkonen's sixth place in Melbourne in 2001.

Kimi Raikonnen
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Vettel
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More from Sebastian Vettel: "Of course it's not a victory, but for us it feels like a victory after a horrible season last year.

"To know the car is working, the people have done a great job on the chassis and engine side."

I'll be back

Mercedes
Mercedes

It will take some doing for the moment Arnie and Lewis Hamilton said "I'll be back" together.

If you have not seen Arnold Schwarzenegger's fantastic podium interviews, you can

watch the video right now.

A fine day for Ferrari

Ferrari
Ferrari

A great day for Mercedes as they secure their 30th Formula 1 victory but third place for Sebastian Vettel will be almost as good as a win for Ferrari.

One race, one podium. They managed just two in the whole of the 2014 season.

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henrybanye: I like the way Hamilton is driving. Brilliant control. No risks. Looking after the car. Love IT!

Mercedes
Mercedes

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are all smiles in the post-race news conference.

"Nico was very quick throughout the race," says Hamilton. "It was really trying to manage the fuel and the tyres not knowing the limit in terms of how far they can go.

"Once you get a two-second lap to try to manage that there is no need to eke out more. When Nico turned up the heat I was able to react."

Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

"Can Arnie come back and do all the podium interviews please….brilliant value and the highlight of the race?"

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David Brabham: Well done to Lewis Hamilton for winning the Sir Jack Brabham trophy. The old man would approve of that dominant display.

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Melbourne

"A round of applause for Hamilton as he walks through the media centre on the way to the news conference room."

Fast facts

  • Lewis Hamilton takes his seventh win in the last eight races.
  • Mercedes have now scored 12 one-two finishes in the last 12 months.
  • Nico Rosberg has only beaten Lewis Hamilton once in the last eight races (Brazil).

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who finished third: "It feels great to be with Ferrari. It's a very big honour and I'm very happy.

"We've had a great winter and I said to the guys thanks very much. I'm very proud, there's a lot of work ahead to beat these two and Mercedes."

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, who finished second: "It's a nice feeling to be second because it is an awesome start to the season for Mercedes. The team have given us an absolutely stunning car this year so thank you to the team for that.

"Lewis drove like a world champion today but I was driving to the max every lap and I will be doing my best to give this guy a big run for his money.

"A lot is in the head not just during the whole race but during whole season. To not make a mistake the whole way round while being challenged physically and mentally is demanding."

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Oh now this is just glorious. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to Lewis Hamilton after interviewing Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel and together they say those iconic three words: "I'll BE BACK!"

Amazing scenes.

A serious response now from race winner Lewis Hamilton: "It is incredibly physical in these cars.

"I am very honoured to be up here with these amazing drivers and great work from the team."

First question to Lewis Hamilton, who, pretty much like the rest of us, is just amazed at being interviewed by Arnie.

"It is an incredibly feeling to continue winning but also great to be up here with you," says Hamilton. "I thought you were taller!"

Trophies presented, champagne sprayed and it is time now to hear from the three drivers.

And, look at this! Arnold Schwarzenegger is the man to do the interviews!

"Hey man! Wow," says a delighted Lewis Hamilton.

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Waѕiyullah Budye: Lewis Hamilton wins the Australian Grand. What a way to start the new season! Legend.

Ben Wright: Great drives by Nasr and Hulkenberg though. Good effort from Button too.

James Humberstone: The constructors' championship is pretty much over already. No one can touch the Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel head on up to the podium.

Hamilton leaps on to the top step, shaking the hand of Vettel and patting his Mercedes team-mate Rosberg. A good first battle of 2015 between the two, but first blood to Hamilton.

Mercedes: Nico Rosberg: "Great job guys - incredible car, you deserved that."

AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX RESULT

1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Nico Rosberg 3) Sebastian Vettel 4) Felipe Massa 5) Felipe Nasr 6) Daniel Ricciardo 7) Nico Hulkenberg 8) Marcus Ericsson 9) Carlos Sainz 10) Sergio Perez

11) Jenson Button

Nico Rosberg pushed hard but he has to settle for second. Sebastian Vettel, on his Ferrari debut, secures a superb third.

Ben Edwards

BBC F1 commentator

"It's been an absolutely brilliant weekend for Lewis Hamilton. He's starting the season in the style he wanted."

Chequered flag

LEWIS HAMILTON WINS THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX.

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FINAL LAP

One lap to go and the gap between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is 1.9 seconds. Can the reigning world champion secure a first win in Australia since 2008...?

LAP 56

Marcus Ericsson is still pushing Carlos Sainz for P8 and he goes for the pass at Turn 13, beautifully done and he steals the position.

LAP 54

Nico Rosberg has a nibble of Lewis Hamilton's advantage, 1.9 seconds now with four laps left...