The Formula 1 series opened its season on Sunday by visiting Australia. In the first corner of the first lap, Kamui Kobayashi locked up and flew right into Felipe Massa. Both their days ended immediately because of the incident. World champion Sebastian Vettel’s day ended early on the fourth lap when he lost power in his car. Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton’s day ended early as well when he retired on the fourth lap with engine problems. Other retirements of the race included the Lotuses of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado with KERS issues and Marcus Ericsson with a fuel pump issue. Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas brought out the safety car during the race when he hit the wall, causing his right rear tire to come bouncing off. The winner out of all this was Nico Rosberg, with Daniel Ricciardo crossing the line in second and Kevin Magnussen finishing third. However, Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified after the race for breaching fuel flow limit, causing Magnussen to place second and Jenson Button third.
What in the world is going on in the Lotus and Red Bull camps so far this year? Red Bull has been dominant the past four years (with much thanks to Vettel), yet they barely got any testing done this off-season because of car issues. In this race, one car doesn't have enough power to finish the race and the other gets disqualified in post-race inspection. Lotus did pretty decently in 2012 and was doing ok in 2013 until the financial woes became public and Kimi got back surgery and left for Ferrari. This race, both drivers started from the last row and then didn't finish the race. It's disappointing for both teams, to say the very least. However, I am impressed with Ricciardo. That was a hell of a drive.
Also, big congrats are in order for Kevin Magnussen. I'm impressed that a rookie was able to get a podium finish in his first race in the big leagues. That's definitely a promising start to a Formula 1 career. It looks like Mercedes McLaren made a good choice in bringing up Magnussen. I sincerely hope he does well in his career and I'll definitely be rooting for him!