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Lewis Hamilton wins Australian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton began the defence of his F1 world championship title with a win in Australia. Credit: James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in a perfect start for his Formula One world championship defence.

Starting from pole position at Albert Park, the British driver led a Mercedes one-two for the top two podium spots and crossed the line 1.3 seconds ahead of German team mate Nico Rosberg.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third.

Mercedes hopeful of new Hamilton deal

Lewis Hamilton is likely to stay with Mercedes. Credit: PA

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolf is confident of tying Lewis Hamilton down to a new deal before the start of the new season.

Despite Wolf's hopeful nature, he isn't set to give the Formula One champion an deadline for him to sign.

It is always beneficial you have a clear situation, for the driver and ourselves.

That is the best case, but you want to get it right as well, so it needs time.

There is no reason for us to believe it is not going to go in the way we think is right, and Lewis thinks is right.

Therefore we should aim to finish the discussions before the start of the season.

But this is not a deadline we have set ourselves because the moment you set deadlines you put yourself under pressure, and we don't want to put him or us under pressure.

– Tino Wolf speaking to Press Association Sport.

Hamilton urges McLaren to keep Button

Button and Hamilton pictured at the 2014 British Grand Prix. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton has called on old friend Ron Dennis to do the "smart" thing and retain "star quality" driver Jenson Button.

Button heads into Formula One's off-season still unsure whether his 15-year career in the sport is over or if he will be handed a new contract by McLaren.

McLaren Group CEO Dennis has confirmed to Press Association Sport the situation will not be resolved until after a board meeting in early December.

Hamilton said: "I've known Ron for a long, long time and he is passionate about racing.

"I'm sure he'll make the smart decision, and for me, building a team to target being champions you need to have star quality drivers.

"There are only a handful of those and Jenson's one of them."

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Lewis Hamilton arrives back in UK after Grand Prix win

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has arrived back in the UK with his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger.

Hamilton, 29, won his second world title after his win in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

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