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. 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!

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

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

    KUDOS !!!

    many overtaking – anybody knows how many?

  3. 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.

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

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

  5. 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”…

  6. 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….

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. steph90 said on 28th March 2010, 10:05

    Petrov looked to get a fairly decent start again too.

    • Cyclops said on 28th March 2010, 10:32

      Exactly, If he stops making simple mistakes he may as well find himself in top 10 soon. Together with Kubica they may give Renault a serious chance of challenging the big four, which is by the way, not a relevant term anymore. Renault’s future seems optimistic.

  12. Dr Jones said on 28th March 2010, 10:13

    Good drive for Button – he proved his critics wrong about his WDC. I guess the “silky smooth drivers” who takes care of their tires has an advantage over the aggressive racers now with the full fuel load this year.

    Nice drive for Kubica giving hope for Renault.

    Ferrari 3-4. Great drive for Alonso from 3rd back to 20th place then up at 4th – that’s what you call a “race of his life” (maybe Lewis should learn from him).

    Too bad for Vettel, Hamilton & Webber.

  13. Hotbottoms said on 28th March 2010, 10:14

    I have mocked Button so many times, but I have to admit I was wrong about him (for now). Nice strategy call from him and nice driving.

    Hamilton is fuming at his team as always. It seems like it’s too hard for him to understand that changing your tyres twice gives advantage also. It’s not like teams spend 25 seconds at pit stop for nothing. Sometimes the advantage is less than 25 seconds, some times it’s more.

  14. The championship seems to be between Vettel and Alonso, and since Vettel is dropping points and Alonso is picking up good points even at bad races, it seems that an experienced champion will get the better of another “over exuberant” youngster.

  15. Captain Caveman said on 28th March 2010, 10:32

    just a quick question, did button actually manage any overtaking manouvers on track (other than Kubica on out lap)? i saw him being passed a number of times but can only conclude that his early pitstop was the only differentiator.

    can anyone else confirm? i am looking at the reruns but still uncertain.

    • Gusto said on 28th March 2010, 11:49

      Button made no overtakes as far as I can see from the reruns. Hamilton chewed up Massa and spat Him out.

    • BasCB said on 28th March 2010, 12:09

      Yes, that shows how much F1 is about not overtaking ;-0

      Button made a gamble when he was at a bad point – inters failing and just being passed by his teammate for 7th after starting 4th.

      It payed out and he made the tyres work after making the crucial pass on Kubica.

      But Hamilton (and Alonso) did a great job at getting through the field with passes and trying to pass.

      A shame we did not see more of Chandhok, but good not to see him impeding anybody and getting to the flag.

  16. Jhonnie Siggie said on 28th March 2010, 10:48

    Great race. If Lewis wasnt in it, the enjoyability would have been chopped by 40 percent. Jenson clearly got desperate after Lewis passed him so he took a gamble and pitted. It worked for him and he came out looking brilliant. Lewis needs to stay calm like Fernando did today and realise it is a long season.

  17. sumedh said on 28th March 2010, 10:49

    Great race!!

    And the best part of it was STEWARDS did not get involved in spite of so many collisions in the race. If this was 2008 or 2009, Australian GP would have set the record for maximum number of penalties handed out.
    I guess having drivers as stewards is making the difference :)

    Once again rains come to the rescue of formula one :)

  18. Brilliant race, pity Vettel’s chances to win were dashed by Red Bull’s unreliability. Massa doesn’t deserve third place and well done for Kubica. Lots of action on the track. Although, Albert Park is narrower than Bahrain and the straights are shorter, it is better track and provided with action-packed race!

    • xabregas said on 28th March 2010, 11:11

      Are you sure it was a problem with Vetel´s car or he just lost it ? Can´t for next weekend in Malasya. Usually there,the races are good with lots of overtaking

    • Hayden L. said on 28th March 2010, 11:17

      I think Massa did what he can do best… agreeing that he made a lot of tiny mistakes and slowed down Alonso, but a mistake of Alonso caused him to get stuck behind Massa.

      From then on, even the aggregate of all mistakes made by Massa would not be enough for Alonso to redeem himself…

      Proves that a big mistakes is enough to not let him redeem himself. Afterall, team-mate battles are known to be conservative. Even if he’s faster, it would be hard to pass without a fight. That’s racing I guess…

    • Patrickl said on 28th March 2010, 15:13

      Button, Kubica and Massa all just simply drove their laps. Nothing spectacular other than that they kept their noses clean in the first corner incident. Then they stopped first because they were too slow anyway and had nothing to lose.

      They all did a great race or a average race depending on which way you look at it.

      So, why doesn’t Massa deserve that place while Kubica gets your praise?

      • statix said on 28th March 2010, 15:37

        Button: great decision to change tyres, risky as hell (he was out of the track) but all in all great tactic. Nothing more.

        Massa: great start! And a little fight with Alonso.

        Kubica: great start! great fight with hamilton. and after all he finished 2nd with a car far slower than all cars from “big 4″.

  19. Marco said on 28th March 2010, 11:02

    Raikkonen again with no points :/

  20. Mel Hutchinson said on 28th March 2010, 11:03

    Everyone is making excellent points about today’s race. I enjoy reading this board because it’s written by true fans. Everyone keep the superb comments coming. I think Lewis Hamilton probably would have finished second had he not stopped for tires. There is also the chance that he would have destroyed his tires in his attempt to overtake Robert Kubica and finished third or even worst. We can only speculate on the outcome of the race if team McLaren had attempted a one stop strategy. Even if Lewis had passed the Renault of Kubica I don’t see any way he would have caught and passed Jenson Button. One thing was clear today, the McLarens worked extremely well in clean air. We might also wonder how much better Hamilton’s McLaren would have been if his car hadn’t lost a piece of bodywork in an incident with Felipe Massa. We’ll never know if Hamilton would have gotten by Fernando Alonso in the final laps of the race because Mark Webber’s NASCAR driving style once again reared its ugly head. Fernando Alonso’s fantastic drive shouldn’t go unrecognized. After suffering a first lap spin in a collision with Jenson Button he recovered and finished fourth. One last point I would like to make is the lack of testing is not only a terrible thing for the development of the cars but it’s downright dangerous. In each of the first two races, Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull was dominating the race when mechanical problems ruined very likely race wins. A potentially catastrophic accident was averted after the front wing of Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber, which failed twice during practice and qualifying, failed a third time in the race causing him to take out Nico Hülkenberg’s Williams and Sebastien Buemi’s Toro Rosso. Thank goodness no one was injured because that crash sure was frightening. I feel the front wing problem could have been identified and corrected with additional testing. Let’s hope we don’t see these types of failures in future races. All in all the racing today in Melbourne was excellent. The Grand Prix of Malaysia can’t come soon enough.

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