The 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix was red flagged on lap 19 of 57 after a frightening looking accident involving McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Haas’s Esteban Gutierrez.
Alonso was running immediately behind Gutierrez as the pair approached Turn 3 at speed, but made contact with the rear of the Mexican’s car as they entered the braking zone, sending the Spaniard into the left-hand wall.
As Gutierriez spun to a stop, Alonso was pitched into a barrel roll as he went side-on into the gravel. His car was then launched into the air, with its tub eventually coming to rest against the tyre wall at the rear of the gravel trap.
Despite the obvious severity of the accident, Alonso was able to clamber unaided from the wreckage, with Gutierrez also climbing from his car seemingly unharmed as the safety car was deployed.
Nico Rosberg has claimed victory at an exciting and dramatic Australian Grand Prix as Mercedes claimed a one-two finish to get its title defence off to the strongest start. The Mercedes driver crossed the line ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo finishing fourth.
“It’s been a great weekend. Thank you to the team. They’ve done an unbelievable job giving us this incredible car,” Rosberg said on the winner’s podium. “The car has been unreal today. To beat the Ferraris was great. So we absolutely loved it and I’m super excited.”