The beginning of the 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix started with Ferrari taking the lead. During the middle of the race Fernando Alonso was involved in a massive accident, allowing for Nico Rosberg of the Mercedes team to take the victory. Lewis Hamilton, Nico's teammate, had a terrible start but managed to take second place while Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel had to settle for third place.
Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo took fourth place and was much further ahead of Felipe Massa who managed to score fifth position. Romain Grosjean brought home sixth place for the new Haas team. Nico Hulkenberg of Force India took seventh place while team Williams’ Valtteri Bottas settled for the eighth position. The Toro Rosso duo of Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen completed the race with positions nine and ten respectively.
A few different drivers were forced to retire throughout the race. Fernando Alonso suffered a huge accident which ended his race early on and Haas' Esteban Gutirrez was able to walk away from a massive crash at Turn 3.
Additionally, Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat had to retire after he was hit with problems which prevented him making it to the grid at all. After the restart, Kimi Raikkonen was forced to retire with a suspected turbo failure followed by a massive fire in his airbox. Finally, Rio Haryanto of the Manor team walked away with driveline problems.
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||+24.330s||12|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||+74.199s||6|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||+75.680s||2|
|10||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso||+76.833s||1|
To celebrate Honda’s return to Formula 1 and support of the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix March 12 – 15, Honda will hold the first public display in Australia of the NSX Concept vehicle.
Following the world debut of the production version of the NSX – a new sports experience – at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins said Honda is thrilled to be bringing the NSX Concept to Albert Park for Australia’s premier motorsport event.
“This is a new era for Honda in more ways than one,” Mr. Collins said. “The NSX is the rebirth of an icon and represents power, sportiness and efficiency. The NSX Concept will be the star attraction of Honda’s on-circuit display at Albert Park. There will be many fans of the original supercar who we know will enjoy this exclusive preview.”
Honda Australia will have a strong presence at the track and is looking forward to working with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to add even more spectacle to the event.
“2015 is a big year for the Honda brand, both here and internationally. This year heralds our return to Formula 1 in partnership with McLaren and the first race of the season is the perfect opportunity to showcase Honda’s exciting new products,” Mr. Collins said.
In the U.S, orders for the NSX can be placed from mid-2015, with customers receiving their vehicles by the end of the year. “We hope to start taking local pre-orders for the NSX in mid-2015, with deliveries to customers from 2016,” Mr. Collins said.
In February, Honda Australia will launch its highly-anticipated compact SUV, the all-new HR-V, which combines a sleek upper body with a stable and planted lower body to deliver excellent driving dynamics. The all-new HR-V is packed with features and starts at a Manufacturer’s List Price of $24,990*, representing outstanding value for money.
Honda is the world’s biggest engine manufacturer, a leader in automotive research and development, and consistently rated a top performer in customer satisfaction. There are more than 400,000 Hondas on the road in Australia and millions of happy customers worldwide.
* VTi model with flat paint, excluding Dealer Delivery and statutory charges