Nico Rosberg has won the opening round of the 2014 Formula One World Championship in Melbourne. The Mercedes driver lead for much of the race, in a start to the season which saw many of his top-team rivals plauged by reliability issues.
After an excellent start the German driver quickly moved past the second-place car of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo to sit directly behind his team mate Lewis Hamilton. Having qualified in pole position, many expected Hamilton to quickly run away with the lead, however the British driver was forced to retire early on during the race with engine troubles.
Defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel also had a poor start to the season, combined with a qualifying position which left him starting on the sixth row of the grid. The Red Bull driver quickly found engine troubles, and was forced to retire after just five laps.
Elsewhere in the pack, and Kamui Kobayashi only managed a short first race for his return to Formula One, crashing out on the first corner after locking up his front brakes. Kobayashi's Caterham also took out the Williams of Felipe Massa.