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. tarakart said on 28th March 2010, 17:37

    Button didn’t make any such call, hi chewed his tyres up behind the safety car and had no choice but to go in…..Ham shud leave mclaren asap

    • If Hamilton couldn’t survive in McLaren, which is his second home, then i don’t think he could survive much anywhere else.

      ok, enough rubbing fanatics the wrong way…

      But seriously… where will he go? Most of the top teams already have a top driver or two and then again, Hamilton wouldn’t come cheap and just look at what happened to Raikkonen.

  2. steph said on 28th March 2010, 18:29

    I hope the BBC and co. give as much coverage to this race as they did to Bahrain when they kept saying F1 was losing its “fizz”

  3. Formoe said on 28th March 2010, 19:17

    Where to begin …

    Hats off to Fernando Alonso today. An amazing drive to say the least, and I especially enjoyed his respons to the mechanics message that Lewis was gaining on him near the end: «I don’t want to know!»

    Like him or not, Alonso will always be remembered as one of the greats, even if he should fail to get that illustrious third championship title.

    Hamilton disappointed me tremendously today. His comment to the team while fighting to get past Alonso during the final stages of the race was way over the line, and then some. «Who’s idea was it to bring me in? ******* idiotic!» (or something similar to that.)

    Button gambled and got lucky, nothing more to say. In my opinion he’ll never be one of the truely great drivers, simply because he needs to have one of, if not THE best car on the grid in order to win or get a podium finish. Give Hamilton or Alonso a lemon and they’ll make lemonade. Sadly the same thing can not be said about Button.

    Now go ahead, tell me how wrong I am!

    • I’ll just use a good quote from eddie last year.

      “What has Button got to proove to show he is just as good as the others, because whatever he does people say he doesn’t “deserve it” he is world champion etc etc for a reason.”

      • Sri said on 29th March 2010, 6:47

        It was only twice that Button has had a noteworthy car in decade long career in f1 mate… Then again, why did you not see Rubens win all of the races last year? He is quite good… yet, he didn’t win as many races as Button. There were 4 guys from last year who are noteworthy for their abilities (not based on how they drove last year), more so than others…
        – Alonso
        – Kimi
        – Vettel
        – Massa (he was an edgy driver, but has improved bucket-loads thanks to Schumacher… and i’ll say mighty unlucky that Glock ran out of fuel in Brazil…)

        Hamilton is good, but in a good car… I didn’t see him do much last year when the car was not so great and suddenly when the car was faster he wins 2 gp’s… Infact Kimi was loads better, even if his win was at his favourite track and blah blah blah. Massa’s performance was even more so superlative when you pitch it against what Raikkonen managed. Even the great Schumacher couldn’t win in that bad a car as was in 2005. I doubt that Hamilton could have won with 4 pit stops like Schumacher did in France in 2004. Then again when it comes to Alonso, he’s earned Schu’s respect, so you think before you speak, more so than you would about any other driver. Alonso’s also routinely rated as the best amongst the grid, not by us armchair enthusiasts, but by his peers and others involved with the industry for quite a while.

        So once in his decade long career when Button got a winning car, he won the championship… I don’t see people cribbing about Fangio, who always had the best car and by a mile and won 5 championships as a result. The same goes for Senna and Prost. Button scored one out of one, which is hundred percent hit-rate and i appreciate that.

        Button could have easily messed up after the first lap, first corner incident, but he didn’t. Button got into such a commanding lead, that he could have pitted and returned in first position itself. Hamilton, he needs to as someone so eloquently put it sometime ago, “needs to engage brain before opening mouth!”

        • In all respects fangio didnt always have the best car on the track until mercedes came along.

          50, Alfa, no. 2nd
          51, Alfa, yes. 1st
          52, Wasn’t involved.
          53, Maserati, no. 2nd
          54, maserati/mercedes, yes. 1st
          55, Mercedes, yes. 1st
          56, Ferrari, yes because mercedes pulled out. 1st
          57, maserati, yes. 1st
          58, americana/Fangio, def no. 7th

          btw interesting fact you would like is that Fangio was gifted his 4th WDC in 1956 by Peter Collins (British) who was on track to win the whole thing infront of Fangio and Striling Moss that year which would of made him the first british world champion.

          Peter Collins talking after giving up the title: ‘All I could think of out there was that if I won the race and the championship I would become an instant celebrity. I would have a posistion to live up to. people would make demands of me. I would be expected at all times to act “The Champion”. Driving would not be fun any more. I wanted things to go on just as they were, so I handed my car car over to Fangio. I would not have been proud of beating him through his bad luck. I am only 25 hears old and have plenty of time to win the championship on my own. Fangio deserves it this year anyway.’

          In 1958 he died at the Nurburgring.

          • I said that in parlance to his championship winning years only…

            Quite an interesting fact about Peter Collins… i read at many places that he gave his car to Fangio, but never heard it before that he was about to win championship. It makes me sad that he didn’t win the championship…

  4. KlBD said on 28th March 2010, 21:52

    I would say good job to both Alonso and Schumacher today, keeping cool and enacting damage control to salvage their races. Also, great job by Kubica for staying out of trouble and bringing the car home. Cooler heads definitely prevailed today, and all those that didn’t have such cool heads still helped make it a great race. :]

  5. John H said on 28th March 2010, 22:04

    One thing is for sure, Webber needs to calm down. Forget this ‘aussie grit’ rubbish attitude and start to drive with the maturity that your age warrants.

    There, I’ve said it!

  6. I find it somewhat ironic that the “button basher(s)” complain that he passed no one, but he did pass Kubica (did anyone else?) and for 38 of the 58 laps there was no one ahead of him to pass. Would have been nice had he passed Vettel, but that probably wasn’t in the cards for anyone in the field today.

  7. “Sadly the same thing can not be said about Button.
    Now go ahead, tell me how wrong I am!”

    Formoe, you’re totally wrong. The great drivers know how to race within the limitations of their situation come race day. The fact that Jenson gets it done without histrionics or drama is a further testament to his greatness.

    And those who say Jenson can’t pass, all I have to offer is Interlagos 2009. ‘Nuff said.

    • dcowlives said on 29th March 2010, 9:30

      “And those who say Jenson can’t pass, all I have to offer is Interlagos 2009.”

      He also passed Kubica to take the then second place, which eventually became first. A pass, on Kubica, Hamilton was unable to make.

  8. taurus said on 29th March 2010, 0:48

    Button seems to be getting a bit of the Damon Hill treatment again.

    If Lewis was comfortable on his tyres when he was called in, he could easily have made a decision to tell the team he wanted to stay out.

    Just like Button did when he said: “I’M COMING IN!” Jean Alesi used to make those calls to go to slicks on drying tracks all the time, and it usually worked.

    Great drive by Lewis, great call by Jenson.

  9. super bejo said on 29th March 2010, 3:10

    glad to see Button in the McLaren became a winner at Aussie GP. i thought he did a good job, saving his soft tyre for 52 laps and 1:29.3XX lap record, it was incredible … once he got the option tyre, he found himself a great lap and don’t forget that just 2 or 3 laps after, Button was close to Kubica and overtook him, while Hamilton was struglling behind Kubica for more than 10 laps …

  10. Ady said on 29th March 2010, 4:15

    A good race by Button, certainly the gamble of the early pit stop paid off. In the post race interviews you find out why he was forced into making the move. However once everything settled down and he found himself in second, he made the decision to not attack Vettel and conserve his tyres, and ultimatly this won him the race.

    Kubica made the same choice as Button, although stopped for tyres a lap later. And as a result took second.

    Hamilton in contrast had to use his second set to attack the field. As a result tyres were already graining when he came in to pit again. In my view it was the right decision to come in, Hamilton and Button were in very different circumstances.

    Unfortunatly if in a similar situation next time, Hamilton will probably try staying out rather than changing tyres. This will mean we’ll see another problem for Hamilton where the tyres expire. This is his driving style, and he needs to accept that there will be more circumstances where Button can one stop, while he needs to do two.

    Finally we can see how interesting a race can be when the cars have less downforce. However I don’t think we shold be hopeing for rain and low temperatures to force this. The rules need to change to reflect the FOTA agreement on downforce.

  11. Baron said on 29th March 2010, 11:19

    I have always visited this site with interest as there seems a lot of enthusiasts here. I am not really interested in commenting as such but the posts of Mr Cabbages have got me into it because I have not read so much twaddle in years. Hey Mr Conspiracy Theorist Cabbage what have you been smoking? You clearly know nothing of the complexities of F1 but a lot about soap operas.

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  13. @ Patrickl
    “…but still Hamilton was easily a second a lap faster.”

    Do you really believe that it was more down to Hamilton’s abilities than the new set of tyres? Button won, because he made a brave call which lucked in favour of him, but then again, it was brave. It was his ability that helped him to last the tyres set for almost 5/6th of the race (not 4/5th as i said earlier). Martin Whitmarsh hinted to the effect that Button did this of his own accord, so perhaps you may as well give more credit.

  14. Chaz said on 31st March 2010, 16:58

    Inspirational and sensational drive from Jenson. Thanks for keeping me on the edge of my seat…

  15. wasiF1 said on 1st April 2010, 8:30

    When i saw Button to switch to dry tyres & ran out of the track on turn 3 the only came out of my mouth WHAT WAS HE THINKING? Little did I knew that he was planning to win the race. HE HE

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