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Rosberg celebrates victory in Melbourne

Nico Rosberg has celebrated finishing top of the podium in the first Grand Prix of the season.

The German took the chequered flag with 24.5 secs on second place, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. McLaren's Kevin Magnussen finished third in his first-ever Formula One race.

Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel and British hope Lewis Hamilton - who held pole position - were forced into early exits.

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Lewis Hamilton retires in Australian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has retired early in Australian Grand Prix after what appeared to be an engine problem. Lewis Hamilton's start to the new Formula One season lasted just three laps before the championship favourite was forced to retire because of a 'misfiring cylinder'.

Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes during Qualifying. Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Wire/Press Association Images

From the 32nd pole position of his career ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Hamilton was passed on the run down to the first corner at Melbourne's Albert Park by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo on his debut for Red Bull.

On the opening lap McLaren's Kevin Magnussen dropped Hamilton to fourth, and it was clear the 29-year-old was struggling with his car. On lap two Hamilton was then informed by race engineer Pete Bonnington to stop the car and save the engine

Formula 1 season begins with Lewis Hamilton in pole

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives into the pit lane during the qualifying session. Credit: Reuters/David Gray

The Formula 1 season is off and running in the Australian Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton starting in pole position.

Wet track for practice at British Grand Prix

Free practice is getting underway at Silverstone ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix.

Drivers will have to deal with a wet track, with a month's rain due to fall over the next three days.

Calls for safety changes in Formula One after accident

Pedro de la Rosa and Felipe Massa believe safety changes need to be made following the accident this week that cost Marussia test driver Maria De Villota her right eye.

Pedro de la Rosa, chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association said: "We will put the facts on the table to see if there is anything we need to change to improve.

"We need to make sure, between the FIA, the teams and the GPDA, that we make changes for the future because it's not good enough.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa in 2010 Credit: Press Association

Massa, involved in his own accident three years ago that nearly cost him his life said:

"The FIA need to understand as well, to put everything in place for maximum safety that we need to have."

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Test driver 'conscious'

Marussia test driver Maria De Villota is conscious after suffering what were initially described as "life-threatening injuries" in a test crash earlier today.

The 32-year-old Spaniard crashed into a support truck and it is understood she has been receiving treatment for head and face injuries.

"Maria is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing. The team will await the outcome of these assessments before providing further comment. The team's first priority at this time is Maria and her family."

– Marussia team statement

Messages of support flood in for Maria

Marussia F1 team release statement on crash

At approximately 09.15am, the Marussia F1 Team's test driver, Maria De Villota, had an accident in the team's MR-01 race car at Duxford Airfield where she was testing the car for the first time. The accident happened at the end of her first installation run and involved an impact with the team's support truck. Maria has been transferred to hospital. Once her medical condition has been assessed, a further statement will be issued.

– Marussia spokesperson

The F1 Marussia Cosworth team are based in Banbury and there is further coverage on this story at ITV Meridian.

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