World Champion stay`s untouchable
Sebastian Vettel won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix with a comfortable lights-to-flag victory in Melbourne. He led home Lewis Hamilton, who took a solid second place, while an excellent drive from Vitaly Petrov secured third. Petrov was just 1.5 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso, with Mark Webber fifth having lost out to Alonso in the final round of pit stops. Lewis Hamilton coped with a broken floor on his McLaren to take second, but the star of the race was Vitaly Petrov, who made the most of an excellent start and a fine race drive thereafter to take his maiden podium in third.
Jenson Button finished sixth, an impressive recovery after a drive-through penalty. The Sauber's finished seventh and eighth on the track but were later disqualified after a technical infringement on the rear wing. Sergio Perez delivered an outstanding debut performance on a one-stop strategy, but it will not be recorded in the history books and nor will Kamui Kobayashi's eighth place.
The Pirelli tyres held up surprisingly well, seeing the front runners complete only two stops during the race, while the DRS did see some moves take place in to turn one, but didn't appear to create the speed differential expected.
The Australian Grand Prix Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia; 58 laps; 307.574km; Weather: Sunny. Classified: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h29:30.259 2. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 22.297 3. Petrov Renault + 30.560 4. Alonso Ferrari + 31.772 5. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 38.171 6. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 54.300 /. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 1:05.800DNF /. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1:16.800DNF 7. Massa Ferrari + 1:25.100 8. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap 9. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap 10. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap 11. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap 12. Heidfeld Renault + 1 lap 13. Trulli Lotus-Renault + 2 laps 14. D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth + 3 laps Fastest lap: Massa, 1:28.947 Not classified/retirements: Driver Team On lap Glock Virgin-Cosworth 50 Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 49 Rosberg Mercedes 22 Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 19 Schumacher Mercedes 19 Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 10 Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1 Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1 World Championship standings, round 1: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Vettel 25 1. Red Bull-Renault 35 2. Hamilton 18 2. McLaren-Mercedes 26 3. Petrov 15 3. Ferrari 18 4. Alonso 12 4. Lotus-Renault 15
5. Webber 10 5. Toro Rosso 4 6. Button 8 6. Force India 3 7. Massa 6 8. Buemi 4 9. Sutil 2 10. di Resta 1