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Summary

  1. Rosberg wins, Hamilton 2nd, Vettel 3rd, Ricciardo 4th
  2. Race delayed after huge crash involving Alonso and Gutierrez
  3. Massa 5th, Grosjean 6th for Haas team debut
  4. Ferraris jump Mercedes at start, but Vettel has pit stop trouble
  5. Alonso, Gutierrez, Kvyat, Raikkonen, Haryanto, Ericsson out

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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We wanted excitement, and Formula 1 delivered in the very first race with plenty of drama and the hint of a threat to the dominance Mercedes enjoyed last year.

Next stop, Bahrain on 3 April.

Let the sparks fly.

Grosjean's a bit happy

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes we made history today !!!! What an amazing feeling. All of us deserve it so much! #AusGP @HaasF1Team #f1 #proud

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Max Verstappen is a different animal, great to watch this guy. Lewis watch out! #bbcf1

Exciting stuff to come from Jolyon Palmer? 

He didn't looked fazed at all on his F1 race debut and was involved in a good tussle with the two Toro Rossos as he went on to finish an impressive 11th. Renault's straight line speed was encouraging as well.

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I still can't believe that Fernando Alonso walked away from this completely unscathed. 

"It was a scary moment," he said.

"I feel lucky to be here. It's because of our safety standards that I am still alive."

A podium was not to be for Max Verstappen, who had started the race fifth but finished 10th. 

He provided plenty of entertainment for listeners with his increasingly frustrated radio comms. Not sure how well they will have gone down with his team though.

Oh to be a fly on the way of the Toro Rosso debrief...

Although, you did spell Brawn wrong Paul ;-)

Hello Gary Rose. I think you will find that Braun GP Won on their Debut in 2009. Rather better and more recent than Toyota 2002 #bbcf1

Fair point. I was thinking along the lines of a completely new team, rather than being born out of another one. It's been a long shift...

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Jon Bennett: @RGrosjean amazing performance today, proving he's one of the best in F1. @HaasF1Team really deserved that.

Rolf Steffen:1 just seen Jos Verstappen picking up toys in turn 2-3-4….poor man. His back must be aching

David NicholsonHirst: Rosberg wins by default again! Won't be like that all season. Street races is only way he can win! Long season!

Earnest Libertine: What a race, how spectacular, in every way! The usual result is really not indicative of how competitive it was. Brilliant!

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Haas are the first new team to score points on their debut since Toyota in 2002, when Mika Salo finished sixth in Australia.

Here is the man himself with our very own Allan McNish.

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'It feels like a win'

Romain Grosjean, who took Haas to sixth place on the team's debut, tells Sky Sports: "It feels like standing on the top step of the podium. From day one I told these guys the car has huge potential. We have plenty of areas where we can improve but the result is a massive boost for everyone."

Standings

It's is obviously very, very, very early days but here are the standings after the season-opening race:

1. Nico Rosberg 25

2. Lewis Hamilton 18

3. Sebastian Vettel 15

4. Daniel Ricciardo 12

5. Felipe Massa 10

6. Romain Grosjean 8

7. Nico Hulkenberg 6

8. Valtteri Bottas 4

9. Carlos Sainz 2

10. Max Verstappen 1

The last lap is the only one that matters...

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So we start the season 3rd in the constructors', 1 point behind Ferrari and two ahead of Red Bull #AusGP

So we start the season 3rd in the constructors', 1 point behind Ferrari and two ahead of Red Bull #AusGP

'I'm amazed Alonso walked away'

McLaren's Jenson Button on Sky Sports: "I saw the incident with Fernando Alonso back and I'm amazed he walked away. It shows how far we've come with the cars in terms of safety."

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Fourth-placed Danuel Ricciardo of Red Bull on Sky Sports: "Fourth is great but I'm probably more happy with the pace we had. We finished a fair step ahead of Williams and our competitors."

Listen to Rosberg's winning moment

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg takes victory in the opening race of the season.
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Rosberg wins 31 years after his dad did in his awesome aviators. Keke won the inaugural Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide in 1985.

Looking gooood, Keke.

'The start was mega'

Third-placed Sebastian Vettel: "I went for it so obviously the start was mega. I was very happy - it reminded me of Hungary last year. We settled into a rhythm nicely. You can argue the red flag didn't help us. We tried to go more aggressive, maybe it didn't work but ultimately I'm very happy with third. 

"It’s a shame I don't have you as a team-mate anymore," he tells his former Red Bull colleague Mark Webber at the end.

Hope poor Kimi Raikkonen wasn't listening.

'I've had worse'

Second-placed Lewis Hamilton: "It was a great race. I loved the fact we had to come from far behind. I'm glad no-one was injured in the shunt and after that it was about trying to get up the field and it's impossible to follow out there. I've had much worse in the first race and I'll take it as a real bonus to come back from seventh."

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Mark Webber is on the podium in Melbourne for the first time since the 2002 Australian Grand Prix.... ;) #F1 #AusGP

Mark Webber is on the podium in Melbourne for the first time since the 2002 Australian Grand Prix.... ;) #F1 #AusGP

'The perfect start'

"It's been a great weekend," says race winner Nico Rosberg. "Thank you to the team they've done an incredible job. We loved it and I'm super excited. 

"It's early days but it's the perfect start. We have to keep an eye on the red guys."

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After speaking to both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber turns to his old Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

"Want some champagne?" asks Vettel.

"No I am OK I get drunk easily," replies Webber.

"Ah of course, and then you start singing of Summer of '69"

Can't go wrong with a bit of Bryan Adams on the Karaoke!

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Nick Holland: Given how Rosberg finished last year why are people so surprised? Quietly getting in with business. 2016 fight on!

So who is doing the podium interviews? Arnie? No, it is former F1 driver Mark Webber.

I guess Arnie is busy driving tanks.

Well I don't know about you but I ruddy enjoyed that race. More of the same please. 

That's Nico Rosberg's 15th win of his career and he has also won four in a row, continuing on from last season.

'Not a blow for Hamilton'

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on BBC Radio 5 live: "Overall it's a very happy moment. I'm very happy for Nico. I don't think it's a blow for Lewis because the pace was there and it was the start that compromised him. It will not be a big blow for him."

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Awww

They love each other really? #AusGP

They love each other really? #AusGP

Australian GP result

11) Palmer 12) Magnussen 13) Perez 14) Button 15) Nasr 16) Wehrlein 

Retired: Ericsson, Raikkonen, Haryanto, Gutierrez, Alonso

Did not start: Kvyat

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda on BBC Radfio 5 live: "It was tough. The race was exciting. I got worried from the beginning of the race it would be tight. Nico was the winner and it's good for his head to win here. But Lewis did a good job."

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Some cap-based banter in the pre-podium room. 

Sebastian Vettel lobs the second place one to Lewis Hamilton. Nico Rosberg watches on. The three are all smiles though.

Australian GP top 10

1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Vettel 4) Ricciardo 5) Massa 6) Grosjean 7) Hulkenberg 8) Bottas 9) Sainz 10) Verstappen

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"What Mercedes are going to have to work on is their starting, that's where Ferrari got the jump on them. The fact both of them got the jump suggests it's an inferior starting system."

A thrilled Romain Grosjean can barely speak on the radio: "This is a win for us! A win for us! Unbelievable...I don't even know where we finished."

Sixth, Romain. Lap it up!

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Daniel Ricciardo is fourth with Felipe Massa fifth and how about this - Romain Grosjean is sixth, delivering Haas points on their debut. Top, top effort.

It is a Mercedes one-two as Lewis Hamilton finishes second. Great recovery for the team after a terrible start.

Sebastian Vettel takes third.

Chequered flag

NICO ROSBERG WINS THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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LAST LAP

Into the last lap and we are set for the familiar sight of a Mercedes win, but it is going to be Nico Rosberg who takes the honours.