Thrills, spills, crashes, retirements, stunning debuts, outrageous passes, tremendous stories, and a sprinkling of rule-bending intrigue. What a way to start off the 2014 Formula 1 season! If you haven’t watched the Australian GP yet, be warned: there are spoilers ahead.
This weekend’s big story was that of Daniel Ricciardo. In his first race with four-times World Champions Red Bull Racing, Ricciardo asserted himself by driving consistently faster than his teammate, Sebastian Vettel. He out-qualified Vettel handily on Saturday and fended off the hard-charging McLaren of Kevin Magnussen for a strong 2nd place finish behind Nico Rosberg. It was a storybook drive for the young Australian, and a fantastic start to Ricciardo’s 2014 Formula 1 season … until his car failed the tech inspection and he was disqualified from the race.
Ricciardos’ disqualification meant that young Kevin Magnussen- in his first ever Formula 1 start- had finished the 2014 Australian GP in second, and his teammate, 2009 World Champion Jenson Button, finished third. That’s not bad for a McLaren team that failed to score a single podium finish in all of 2013!
There’s almost too much to talk about, and if you went elsewhere for your Formula 1 Australian GP results, you probably still think Ricciardo finished second. See what you get for checking Gas 2? Check out the official FIA “final ruling” for this morning’s Australian GP results, below …
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||6|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||10|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||RET|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||DSQ|
… and check back in later on this week for more analysis of the 2014 Australian GP, which firmly cemented the new 2014 Formula 1 cars once again as the world’s most thrilling hybrid cars.