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2009 Australian Grand Prix facts and stats

A new F1 team wins on its debut, an all-Mercedes podium, and rotten luck for a driver on his 200th start. Here’s a round-up of the stats and facts from the Australian Grand Prix.

Australian Grand Prix pictures: race

Pictures

The late afternoon start for this year’s Australian Grand Prix gave a lovely colour to photographs from the race. Here’s a selection of pictures including home hero Mark Webber waving to the crowd from a fire truck before the race, the first-lap pile-up, and the jubilant scenes among the Brawn team after the race.

Button wins for Brawn in spectacular start to season (Australian Grand Prix)

After months of anticipation the first race of 2009 was a contest to savour and a result to remember. Jenson Button may have led every lap but Sebastian Vettel kept him honest throughout the race – before a controversial late clash with Robert Kubica. Rubens Barrichello completed Brawn GP’s joy by taking second place, while […]

Sebastien Buemi scores on debut

Almost lost amid the many story lines coming out of today’s Australian Grand Prix was Sebastien Buemi’s fine driver to eighth place. That became seventh after Jarno Trulli’s penalty. Buemi, the only rookie in the field, began the weekend well by out-qualifying team mate Sebastien Bourdais. He avoided the opening lap fracas, ran as high […]

Trulli penalised, Hamilton takes third (Update: Video of Hamilton’s pass)

Lewis Hamilton has been promoted to third place in the Australian Grand Prix after Jarno Trulli was handed a 25-second penalty by the stewards. Trulli’s penalty, for overtaking Hamilton during the final safety car period, relegates him from third to 12th.

Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello lead Brawn GP in historic debut 1-2

Brawn GP grabbed an historic one-two finish in the dying stages of the Australian Grand Prix. It cemented an unbelievable transformation for the team that massively under-performed in 2007 and 2008, was sold by Honda over the winter, and rescued by a management buy-out just a few weeks before the season began.

Kubica and Vettel collide (Video) (Update: Vettel handed penalty)

Video

Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel clashed in dramatic fashion in the dying stages of the Australian Grand Prix. Kubica was catching Vettel and leader Jenson Button at the time and looked set to mount an improbable bid for victory – instead his race and Vettel’s ended in the barriers.

Double disaster for Ferrari

Ferrari got their 2009 season off to a terrible start in Melbourne. Felipe Massa retired late in the race and Kimi Raikkonen lost a points finish after spinning into the barriers.

Australian Grand Prix result

1. Jenson Button 2. Rubens Barrichello 3. Jarno Trulli* 4. Timo Glock 5. Fernando Alonso 6. Nico Rosberg 7. Sebastien Buemi 8. Sebastien Bourdais 9. Adrian Sutil 10. Nick Heidfeld 11. Giancarlo Fisichella 12. Mark Webber 13. Sebastian Vettel 14. Robert Kubica 15. Kimi Raikkonen Disqualified: Lewis Hamilton** Did not finish Felipe Massa Nelson Piquet […]

Australian Grand Prix – rate the race

Plenty to talk about after an historic start to the Australian Grand Prix. Rate the race out of ten and leave your comments below: