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Why Nico Rosberg Is the Biggest Threat to Lewis Hamilton in His F1 Title Defence

Lewis Hamilton's defence of his Formula One drivers' championship crown didn't get off to the best of starts at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix. Despite a dominant pole the day before, a poor getaway off the line and contact at Turn 1 with team-mate Nico Rosberg left the Brit down in sixth at the end of the first lap. The red flag and a smart strategy call from Mercedes helped him back to second, and for once Hamilton seemed happy to be runner-up. He was smiling as he jumped out of his car in parc ferme, said on the podium that he was "really happy to get the result" and even found time to have a "No. 2 cap" joke with Sebastian Vettel. And this time, Hamilton had good reason to be happy because the outcome for him could have been far worse. ...

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