Button wins thrilling Australian GP

2010 Australian Grand Prix

Jenson Button won in Melbourne for the second year in a row

Jenson Button won in Melbourne for the second year in a row

Jenson Button scored his first win for McLaren in his second start for the team at Melbourne.

The world champion made an early switch to slick tyres on a damp track which paid dividends. But once again Sebastian Vettel lost the lead with an apparent car failure on his Red Bull.

Lewis Hamilton endured a frustrating race in the other McLaren. He made an extra pit stop in the later stages of the race and was hit by Mark Webber two laps from home.

Hamilton recovered to take sixth behind Nico Rosberg, who he passed earlier in the race with a brave pass around the outside of turn 11. Hamilton had been as high as third earlier in the race.

Button led home Robert Kubica who scored a fine second for Renault, and Felipe Massa who spent much of the race defending from team mate Fernando Alonso.

Webber ended the race in ninth after his collision with Hamilton. He had briefly led but delayed his switch from intermediates to dry tyres, dropping him down the running order.

Vitantonio Liuzzi scored points for Force India again with seventh ahead of Rubens Barrichello.

And Michael Schumacher claimed the final point after a long recovery drive after he hit the spinning Ferrari of Alonso on lap one. He spent much of the race trying to find a way around Jaime Alguersuari’s Toro Rosso, and claimed tenth place with a late pass on Pedro de la Rosa in the dying stages of the race.

Full report and analysis to follow.

2010 Australian Grand Prix

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232 comments on Button wins thrilling Australian GP

  1. Scribe said on 28th March 2010, 9:20

    Well first of all what a race from Jenson, justifies the move from Mercedes, and shows where his strengths in comparison to Lewis are. Obviously McLaren messed it in strategy, but even as a fan I don’t think he would have ever been able to pass Jenson.

    Also, this McLaren does seem to have race pace, they still need downforce an more active suspension, but they’ll definatley be a threat for the championship.

    Now to Lewis, he isn’t half the overtaker Jenson is, he’s to agressive. He had the speed to pass Alonso but was just to desperate, he’s got to learn calm intelligent passing, this is the biggest chink in his armour. It’s always controll with Lewis, I stand by the assertion that he’s the fastest guy on raw pace but Alonso an Button might not be able to out timetrial him but they do seem to be more complete racers, still Hamilton was running a comprimised car.

    My my, poor Vettle, he’s the new Raikkonen. Riding a cardboard rocketship, poor guy has to win eventually. Eventually he’ll start loosing that P1, still making a fast car reliable an all that.

    • BasCB said on 28th March 2010, 10:07

      I suppose Lewis was already feeling fired up after not making it into Q3 yesterday, and now they had him give up 3rd place to pit for new tyres and then tell him the 3 guys in front of him ar not going to stop.
      He must have been really angry and lost his cool.
      But yes, in different circumstances, that is what makes him so good, it is a character thing.
      Webber must have felt something alike, after loosing enormously with the late change for slicks and the badly judged extra stop.

  2. Prisoner Monkeys said on 28th March 2010, 9:22

    You know, if Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton had each experienced the other’s race, you’d all be calling Button foolhardy and Hamilton masterful. But no, here it’s a case of Hamilton getting screwed out of a victory and Button simply being in the right place at the right time.

    What are you going to say in the event that Button beats Hamilton in the end-of-year standings?

    • David Watkins said on 28th March 2010, 9:26

      Hamilton wasnt ‘screwed’ out of a victory. He would not have been able to get by Jenson and would probably have been held in station had he passed Robert (driver of the day)

      It was due to pure strategic McLaren incompetence that LH finished 6th rather than 2nd or 3rd.

      Very surprised that Massa didnt get more of a nudge to let Alonso past. Alonso had the pace for 2nd place finish

      • fernando said on 28th March 2010, 9:40

        Well finished 6th, he could finished 5th if he wasn´t so…….macho driver like i´m the boss Alonso, let me go. No no no, this door is closed Lewis. :D

        • David Watkins said on 28th March 2010, 10:35

          Looking at the slo-mo, Lewis has a great chance at the next corner on the switch back.

          But we’ll never know! Whitmarsh is on the BBC now defending the decision but I dont buy it. Maybe LH’s tyres would have suffered more than the other guys’ but, as we saw in Bahrain last week, it’s tough to pass anyone if your tyres are gone and everyone is driving conservatively.

          McLaren just cannot think clearly enough when the pressure is on. The most costly example being China 2007

  3. kapow said on 28th March 2010, 9:24

    Overtake of the race goes to Di Grassi’s Virgin on Schumacher

  4. fernando said on 28th March 2010, 9:26

    Fantastic race, the final laps with Hamilton trying to overtake Alonso……ummmmmm….cream……Hamilton should know that he can play with everybody but not with Alonso. Hamilton will get depressed this year. Button deserved the victory, it took the right the decision. Brave. As well, Massa knows who is who in Ferrari, and in Ferrari everybody knows. And you – reading this- too. Alonso champion¡¡¡

  5. OS X said on 28th March 2010, 9:28

    Just watching the Red Button on the Beeb. Whitmarsh has admitted that if Hamilton hadn’t stopped for the second time, McLaren could have had a one-two. He also said that at the moment, in normal conditions, one car needs to be 3 seconds a lap faster to be sure of overtaking. So, McLaren allowed Hamilton to be disadvantaged to the order of half-a-minute; take all the life out of his tyres catching up the lost time and try to overtake two Ferrari’s just to get back to where he was pre-stop. That is farcical.

  6. jocker12 said on 28th March 2010, 9:29

    Hamilton said Webber is ready to retire…. Webber got him out in the race…. Just kidding…. but Hamilton was all over the place trying to get Alonso, he attacked on inside and changed in the braking zone, on outside…. No way to avoid collision….
    Three winners… Button, Kubica and Massa…. one of the best races in years….

    • BasCB said on 28th March 2010, 12:03

      Webber apologized for hitting Lewis, still a guy to like with these kind of comments

      “Well, I went down fighting,” Mark said to the BBC. “In the end, when you’re a little on the back foot…I think it’s best to throw caution to the wind and get into it. I was thinking of Bahrain for the people at home, so in the end I didn’t want it to finish like that but hopefully it was a bit more enjoyable.

      from GP Update

      • KlBD said on 28th March 2010, 21:40

        Almost figured Webber would have a bit of a temper after a disappointing home race, but in the end I’m pleasantly surprised by his attitude. Way to be a good sport Mark!

    • maestrointhesky said on 28th March 2010, 21:47

      Has anyone ever thought, the reason Hamilton takes an unusual line when following other car is precisely because of the reason Webber shunted him. When you get close to the back of another car, the front wing doesn’t work so whilst it might not be the fastest way round the corner with a clear track, the jink before a bend when chasing allows him to maximise the downforce on the front wing and lets him pull the slip stream on the next straight. Maybe Webber could learn a thing or two!

  7. Michael said on 28th March 2010, 9:33

    fantastic job ;)
    brilliant job – kub, ham and but :)

    KUDOS !!!

    many overtaking – anybody knows how many?

  8. FLIG said on 28th March 2010, 9:33

    I just can’t believe Hamilton fans are saying McLaren screwed it up for him… He would NEVER get to the finish line without changing his tyres… He is too agressive on his tyres, and that’s ok, he ended up reaching the Ferraris, and could have passed, but Alonso is, after all, 2 times world champion, not so easy to pass… And Kubica defended really well too, against both LH and Massa. This time I think it was down to driving skills, not car or aero.

  9. rfs said on 28th March 2010, 9:33

    So… who’s your bet for the championship now?

  10. Varun said on 28th March 2010, 9:36

    Can’t believe that Karun Chandhok actually was able to last till the end of the race…. Thats a nice job done by the Indian !

    • He did better than Bruno, which was a pleasant surprise… ESPN Star seems to support him as “our Karun”…

  11. David Watkins said on 28th March 2010, 9:39

    Yes indeed. Huzzah for Chandhok and great job by Alguersuari against Schumacher

    • Varun said on 28th March 2010, 9:49

      Yes indeed, Alguersuari did a good job against Schumacher. It seems Schumacher isn’t able to push as much as he used to in his younger years….

  12. steph90 said on 28th March 2010, 9:49

    Button deserved this for sheer ballsiness. Kubica was stunning. Massa worked very hard considering he had so many issues. Fernando was just awesome and gets moment of the day for that radio :P
    On another note big respect to Ferrari for letting their drivers race. I don’t want to see a driver get waved through, I want to see a scrap.If Fernando deserved the podium he should have overtaken. Alonso was amazing so I’m not doing him any discredit but Ferrari were criticised like mad in the past for letting drivers through and maybe they sacrificed some points but they went about this in the right way. Let’s face it-they were going to get stick either way and at least this gave us some entertainment and was fair.

    • BasCB said on 28th March 2010, 10:00

      QOTD for Fernando, nice they have more radio for the viewers.

      The comment by Lewis about tyre strategy was showing how angry he was with ending up behind Alonso.

      Maybe it was good for Ferrari to keep Alonso at the back, Massa was having some trouble with his driving and maybe would not have been able to keep off Hamilton like that.

      Nice show, it was worth getting up early for this.

      • xabregas said on 28th March 2010, 10:27

        you´re right. Massa should thanks alonso for his 3 place. Great drive from alonso, Buton, Hamilton and of course KUBICA. It was a really good race.

  13. Younger Hamilton said on 28th March 2010, 9:51

    Fantastic race the best F1 race i’ve ever watched and brillant from Mclaren,Jenson and Lewis its such a shame that they screwed a possible 1-2 for themselves.Jenson,Brillant gamble and decision and excellent managing the tyres.Lewis,Great Bravery and overtakes Driver of the day no doubt about it.Lewis deserves at least 5th giving the bad events he’s had in the race i think the decision to pit lewis was good and bad it cost him 3rd or a possible 2nd and the good part was that he was putting in great laps to catch the ferraris, shame with the incident with mark though

  14. BasCB said on 28th March 2010, 9:57

    I think the biggest mistake of the race was for Red Bull to stay out that long. Had they brought Webber in a lap before Vettel, he might have been in front of Button or close too him instead of being behind Hamilton.

    It was clear to see, that Mark was really gutted during some of those quick laps after the pitstop.

  15. vet4snak said on 28th March 2010, 10:05

    Hey Keith,

    When you get the chance, tell Sebastian to dump Liz as soon as he can, and then go after either Kate or her dirty sister…

    Overall, one word.

    Gutted.

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