Lewis Hamilton won the Australian Grand Prix, as he got his world title defence off to the perfect start in Albert Park on Sunday.

Hamilton quickly managed to build a lead and control his gap with the other Mercedes car of Nico Rosberg, as the team left the rest of the field behind.

Ferrari have clearly improved form since last season, as their new driver Sebastien Vettel, who left Red Bull to join them over winter, grabbed third place on the podium - Vettel edged Williams’ Felipe Massa, who finished fourth.

The second Ferrari’s driver, Kimi Raikkonen, who left last year and was now back again, was the only leading driver to make two pit-stops. There was a problem with his wheel, and, as the wheel was not properly fitted, he was forced to pull off four corners after re-joining. The Finn had to retire, which prompted Sauber’s Felipe Nasr to an impressive fifth-placed debut, to give the struggling Swiss team their first points for a year.

Jenson Button achieved his aim of finishing the race, in what is his favourite circuit, but did not manage any points in the unreliable McLaren-Honda, which used new hybrid turbo- engine for the first time on Sunday. Button finished eleventh and last.

The 2015 season commenced in dramatic style; only fifteen cars were on the starting grid and eleven cars finished. William’s second driver Valterri Bottas could not start the race due to injury to his back, after he hurt himself in qualifying. Red Bull, who’s engine manufacturer Renault had an awful start to the season, also lost a car at the start, with Daniil Kvyat failing to pit after gear-box trouble.  

The second McClaren-Honda’s driver, Kevin Magnussen, was also affected by mechanical problems on his car, as it began to smoke after Turn 5 and 6.

Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado lost a car after the first few hundred metres after he had coming together with Felipe Nasr’s Sauber, as he spun into the barriers, bringing out the safety car.

It was evident on Sunday that there was such a big difference between Mercedes and the rest, that it looked very much like the Hamilton – Rosberg duo were in a race of their own, fighting among themselves for the title, as they did last season.  But it would be good for a sport global reach that other big brands, such as Ferrari and McLaren are also winning.