Reigning world champion benefits as Vettel's Red Bull breaks
29 March 2010

Jenson Button claimed his first victory for McLaren with a controlled drive and perfect tyre strategy in a thrilling Australian Grand Prix.

The reigning world champion's bold early switch to dry tyres after clashing with Fernando Alonso and losing time at the start of the damp race put him in position to inherit the lead when a brake failure pitched Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) into the gravel.

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Robert Kubica claimed a superb second for Renault, fending off Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso's Ferraris, and Nico Rosberg's Mercedes.

The top four finishers nursed their tyres to the end while their pursuers took on fresh rubber at half-distance, adding some extra spice to the racing.

Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Mark Webber (Red Bull) had been in the thick of this fight too until a late tangle set them back.

Race results:1. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1h33:36.5312. Kubica Renault +12.0343. Massa Ferrari +14.4884. Alonso Ferrari +16.3045. Rosberg Mercedes +16.6836. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes +29.8987. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes +59.8478. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth +1:00.5369. Webber Red Bull-Renault +1:07.31910. Schumacher Mercedes +1:09.39111. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1:11.30112. De la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari +1:14.08413. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth +2 laps14. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth +4 laps

Drivers' championship:1. Alonso 37 2. Massa 333. Button 314. Hamilton 235. Rosberg 206. Kubica 187. Vettel 128. Schumacher 9 9. Liuzzi 8 10. Webber 6 11. Barrichello 5

Constructors:1. Ferrari 702. McLaren-Mercedes 543. Mercedes 294. Red Bull-Renault 185. Renault 186. Force India-Mercedes 87. Williams-Cosworth 5 All timing unofficial

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28 March 2010

I notice there's no rush by the old women of this dating website to apologise for your hysterics following the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Jenson used his almost uniquely protective style of driving to dominate this race, and his tyres looked almost new after over 50 laps, where others' cars had two tyre changes and still displayed heavily degraded rubber.

The real story of today, though, was that Vettel was again let down by Red Bull. Failures happen, and it's sometimes a price you pay for a fast car, but that is not an excuse for the level of influence the team's incompetence is having on Vettel's title hopes.

Vettel is the new dawn of greatness, but too regularly it is being snuffed out. I find his positive attitude after this race absolutely incredible and gracious, but I think that, should these race-ending, win-destroying problems persists, he should seriously consider punting the idea to Ferrari that he may take the seat lined-up for Kubica next year. That boy needs a great team to match his supreme talent.

I don't even want to consider what might be the other option, but if he remains at Red Bull next year, it should only be after two things have happened: he has become the 2010 World Champion and the Renault engine is replaced by a Mercedes unit.

Schumacher's race was ruined by the oafish Webber, who then went on to ruin Hamilton's chances of getting a podium.

A lovely little snippet of cockpit audio had Alonso, on being told by his engineer that Hamilton was catching him, saying fretfully, "I don't want to know!"

Hamilton's result belies the fact that he drove superbly, the highlight being his overtake of Rosberg on lap 26.

The only thing about Formula One as seen on the BBC that is worthy of consistent attack is the dreadful Legard - yet again, he constantly interrupted Brundle mid-sentence, attempting to finish what Martin was saying. The great man could hardly get a word in edgewise over the screaming of the hopeless Legard. He is the very definition of a moron and I say that unreservedly - I pay for him to do a job that is very important.

How he remains in his position is now completely beyond me - even the BBC shill machine isn't normally this insensitive when protecting its boys' jobs.

28 March 2010

Pennies from heaven for Button , but it really was a drive worthy of a champion.Really was a good move by McLaren to sign him.

Definitely worth getting out of bed early to watch it , in spite of the boring nature of the previous race.

28 March 2010

about 1000000000000000000000000x more interesting than bahrain!

28 March 2010

[quote VirginPower]

I notice there's no rush by the old women of this dating website to apologise for your hysterics following the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Jenson used his almost uniquely protective style of driving to dominate this race, and his tyres looked almost new after over 50 laps, where others' cars had two tyre changes and still displayed heavily degraded rubber.

The real story of today, though, was that Vettel was again let down by Red Bull. Failures happen, and it's sometimes a price you pay for a fast car, but that is not an excuse for the level of influence the team's incompetence is having on Vettel's title hopes.

Vettel is the new dawn of greatness, but too regularly it is being snuffed out. I find his positive attitude after this race absolutely incredible and gracious, but I think that, should these race-ending, win-destroying problems persists, he should seriously consider punting the idea to Ferrari that he may take the seat lined-up for Kubica next year. That boy needs a great team to match his supreme talent.

I don't even want to consider what might be the other option, but if he remains at Red Bull next year, it should only be after two things have happened: he has become the 2010 World Champion and the Renault engine is replaced by a Mercedes unit.

Schumacher's race was ruined by the oafish Webber, who then went on to ruin Hamilton's chances of getting a podium.

A lovely little snippet of cockpit audio had Alonso, on being told by his engineer that Hamilton was catching him, saying fretfully, "I don't want to know!"

Hamilton's result belies the fact that he drove superbly, the highlight being his overtake of Rosberg on lap 26.

The only thing about Formula One as seen on the BBC that is worthy of consistent attack is the dreadful Legard - yet again, he constantly interrupted Brundle mid-sentence, attempting to finish what Martin was saying. The great man could hardly get a word in edgewise over the screaming of the hopeless Legard. He is the very definition of a moron and I say that unreservedly - I pay for him to do a job that is very important.

How he remains in his position is now completely beyond me - even the BBC shill machine isn't normally this insensitive when protecting its boys' jobs.

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A statement issued on behalf of the Ministry of the Bleeding Obvious.

28 March 2010

[quote Phillip McCavitie]A statement issued on behalf of the Ministry of the Bleeding Obvious.[/quote]

You have been one of the old polonies who've banged on ignorantly about Formula One for months, so, in your desperation to attain John McToon's expert standard of bitterness and petty sniping, to imply that you find anything particularly obvious is a first for you in being quite amusing.

I may not get an invite to the civil union, but you could at least show me the respect I deserve as the person whose nourishing opinion on all subjects is the one most eagerly anticipated by all prospective lovers.

When I say this, it is in no way personal and you mustn't receive it that way, but if I were you, I'd stick to trying to write something readable about your fuzzy yearning to return to the 1970s suburban England where you belong.

Nothing personal.

28 March 2010

F1 is back baby!

28 March 2010

Not just a statement of the bleedin' obvious but a vanity-infused essay to maintain the top spot as Autocar's officially 'most irritating poster'. (See http://www.autocar.co.uk/blogs/anythinggoes/archive/2010/03/26/welcome-back-to-the-daftas.aspx)

Let's try and pick this apart, shall we? I see VP has found the need to drag me into it with a personal snipe but I will refrain from acting in kind and just deal with the facts at hand.

[quote VirginPower]I notice there's no rush by the old women of this dating website to apologise for your hysterics following the Bahrain Grand Prix.[/quote]

No one, as far as I recall, said that the whole season was going to be boring. i think the general feeling was that if the rest of the season was going to be like Bahrain then it would be a jolly boring season indeed. The only thing absent was any comment about Bahrain at all from you and so at least a few of us made an opinion rather than abstained.

[quote VirginPower]Vettel is the new dawn of greatness[/quote]

That's a very bold statement. Let us see. Maybe we'll return to this thread in a few years. If you're still here.

[quote VirginPower]but that is not an excuse for the level of influence the team's incompetence is having on Vettel's title hopes.[/quote]

I think they've done bloody well. It's hardly as if they've been in the top flight of F1 for long and with a very inauspicious history.

I think we must analyse why you bother posting an essay in here. It's obviously not to share in any kind of debate with other people so we must deduce that it is because it is the only outlet you have for your personality. There is no one else that will listen to you maybe? I don't know but I wish you'd pack it in and just join in a bit of banter.

29 March 2010

[quote VirginPower]

[quote Phillip McCavitie]A statement issued on behalf of the Ministry of the Bleeding Obvious.[/quote]

You have been one of the old polonies who've banged on ignorantly about Formula One for months, so, in your desperation to attain John McToon's expert standard of bitterness and petty sniping, to imply that you find anything particularly obvious is a first for you in being quite amusing.

I may not get an invite to the civil union, but you could at least show me the respect I deserve as the person whose nourishing opinion on all subjects is the one most eagerly anticipated by all prospective lovers.

When I say this, it is in no way personal and you mustn't receive it that way, but if I were you, I'd stick to trying to write something readable about your fuzzy yearning to return to the 1970s suburban England where you belong.

Nothing personal.

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Blog away old fellow, I enjoy your posts.


29 March 2010

If Melbourne had been the openning race all the talk over the last two weeks would have been how amazing F1 is.

At the start of the qualifying coverage the BBC took a straw poll of various luminaries of F1. Essentially they said that Bahrain has never produced an exciting race so why should the last one be any different. I put it to them why should we return ever again?

Well done to Jenson!

29 March 2010

[quote Symanski] I put it to them why should we return ever again?[/quote] unfortunately, just like Abu Dhabi, they pay bernie a s*1t load over the odds for the race, and as far as he is concerned that is all that matters. screw the tracks that normally provide great racing, lets go to the Tilka dromes where they pay me loads of money. China, bahrain and Abu Dhabi should all be dropped in IMHO

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