|Button leads the field into turn one|
McLaren's strong start to the season continued in the Australian Grand Prix. After locking out the front row in qualifying yesterday, Jenson Button stormed to victory with team mate Lewis Hamilton in third. Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel seperated the two Brits on the podium.
The German started from sixth on the grid and admitted that second was the best result possible for his Red Bull Racing team after reliability isssues and under par performances in testing and free practice. Mercedes AMG's extreme pace couldn't transfer into podium finishes for Michael Schumacher or Nico Rosberg with Schumacher retiring with gearbox issues despite leapfrogging Romain Grosjean for third on the first lap. Nico Rosberg came home in 12th.
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Lotus' fine testing and qualifying form carried over into the race with Kimi Raikkonen redeeming himself from a qualifying mistake with a seveth place finish on his return. Romain Grosjean couldn't convert his superb third placed grid slot into a good race result after retiring with suspension damage on lap two after colliding with Pastor Maldonado who had a great race himself, constantly running in the points until crashing on the last lap. Fernando Alonso finished in what could be called a shock 5th place for Ferrari after their poor early form. Massa however struggled with bad tyre wear and pace and only briefly made it into the top 10 before retiring on lap 47.
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With the two McLarens pulling out a lead of over 10 seconds, the fight over the other points paying positions hotted up with a long trail of cars forming behind the one stopping Saubers.
whilst Senna was classified 16th after completing over 75% of the race distance. The 2 HRTs of Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro De La Rosa did not take part in the race after qualifying under 107% of the Pole time on Saturday.
Jenson Button set the fastest lap of the race with a 1 minute 29.187
|This was Button's third win inOz|
Pos Driver Team Time 1. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1h34:09.565 2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 2.139 3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 4.075 4. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 4.547 5. Alonso Ferrari + 21.565 6. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 36.766 7. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 38.014 8. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 39.458 9. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 39.556 10. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 39.737 11. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 39.848 12. Rosberg Mercedes + 57.642 13. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 1 lap 14. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap 15. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps 16. Senna Williams-Renault + 4 laps Not classified/retirements: Driver Team On lap Massa Ferrari 47 Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 42 Petrov Caterham-Renault 37 Schumacher Mercedes 11 Grosjean Lotus-Renault 2 Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1 Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth DNS De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth DNS
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