Hamilton takes second in Australia as a ‘bonus’ after fightback

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Lewis Hamilton felt satisfied with second place in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix after fighting back from a poor start to follow home Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at the checkered flag.

Hamilton started the opening race of the season from pole position, but made a sluggish getaway to drop down to sixth at the end of the first lap.

Hamilton fought his way back up to fifth before pitting, having already been passed by net race leader Sebastian Vettel to put the Briton a stop behind.

Mercedes moved Hamilton onto a one-stop strategy that was aided by a red flag period called after a terrifying crash between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez.

Hamilton made his medium tires last until the end of the race, and although he could not keep pace with Rosberg at the front, he did manage to fend off Vettel in the closing stages to complete a Mercedes one-two.

“I love the fact that we had to come from far behind, it was a tricky race,” Hamilton said.

“I’m really happy to get this result, it’s great for the team. I’ve had it much worse in the first race. I take this as a real bonus to come back from seventh.”