Start, Melbourne, 2012

Top ten pictures from the Australian Grand Prix weekend

2012 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

A selection of the best pictures from the first race weekend of the season.

Jean-Eric Vergne, Friday practice

Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Melbourne, 2012

F1 newcomer Jean-Eric Vergne gets cracking on the first day of the new season, kicking up spray in the wet practice on Friday.

Michael Schumacher, Friday practice

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Melbourne, 2012

Michael Schumacher demonstrated Mercedes’ potential by setting the fastest time as the track dried in the second session.

Fernando Alonso, qualifying

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Melbourne, 2012

Fernando Alonso persevered in a difficult weekend with the unco-operative Ferrari F2012.

Romain Grosjean, qualifying

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Melbourne, 2012

A superb lap saw Romain Grosjean secure third on the grid on his F1 comeback with Lotus.

Mark Webber, qualifying

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Melbourne, 2012

Mark Webber pauses for a moment’s reflection after out-qualifying team mate Sebastian Vettel.

Australian Grand Prix start

Start, Melbourne, 2012

Lewis Hamilton took pole position but didn’t hold his lead for long as team mate Jenson Button beat him off the line.

Heikki Kovalainen, Australian Grand Prix

Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, Melbourne, 2012

Heikki Kovalainen wrestles with the Caterham CT01 during the race.

Timo Glock, Australian Grand Prix

Timo Glock, Marussia, Melbourne, 2012

Timo Glock rounds Albert Park lake on his way to finishing 14th – an impressive feat given Marussia’s lack of pre-season testing.

Sebastian Vettel, Australian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Melbourne, 2012

The evening light catches Sebastian Vettel as he returns to the pits after finishing second.

McLaren, Australian Grand Prix

McLaren, Melbourne, 2012

Button celebrates his third Australian Grand Prix win in four years.

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