Formula One boost

MELBOURNE. — Nico Rosberg’s surprise win and Fernando Alonso’s death-defying escape from a spectacular crash gave the new Formula One season a boost after farcical scenes had threatened to overshadow the Australian Grand Prix.

Rosberg’s victory over Lewis Hamilton throws down the gauntlet to his Mercedes team-mate, who will play the unfamiliar game of catch-up at the next race in Bahrain after winning the last two world titles.

Alonso said he was lucky to be alive after he clipped the back of Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas, ploughed into the barriers and went airborne across a gravel trap, with his McLaren car disintegrating around him. — AFP.

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