Melbourne: It was a bittersweet moment for Lewis Hamilton as he watched Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg take the checkered flag at Formula One's Australian Grand Prix after the former world champion was forced to retire in the fourth lap after starting from pole position Sunday.
Hamilton, the pre-race favorite, found himself in third position after the first turn and had slipped down to fifth before his team ordered him into the pits to retire with a misfiring cylinder. (Racecentre | Race in pics)
Rosberg, who claimed the lead in the first turn after starting third on the grid, coasted home to win by a comfortable margin. (Also read: Daniel Ricciardo's podium finish under threat)