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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.