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

Re: Button wins dramatic Oz GP

Uncle Mellow wrote:
You wouldn't want to see Bernie on the breadline would you ?

The pointy end of a steak knife would be nice.

Uncle Mellow 29 March 2010

Re: Button wins dramatic Oz GP

Vidge 123 wrote:
China, bahrain and Abu Dhabi should all be dropped in IMHO

You wouldn't want to see Bernie on the breadline would you ?

Vidge 123 29 March 2010

Re: Button wins dramatic Oz GP

Symanski wrote:
I put it to them why should we return ever again?
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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