Race: Button Wins Chaotic First Race

Published on by Kevin V. (Kdawg)

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McLaren and Jenson Button ruled the Australian Grand Prix, which was filled with jaw dropping action and excitement. From lights out to the chequered flag, there was never a moment where I was bored. I was on my toes until Jenson crossed the line to win the first race of what is certainly going to be a terrific season. Sebastian Vettel was able to work his strategy out right and he finished second ahead of a disappointed Hamilton.

 

dcd1218ma22-copy-1.jpgJenson took the lead at the first corner of the first lap while cars in the midfield started crashing. Mark Webber, Daniel Ricciardo, and Bruno Senna were among those involved in the first corner collision and all of them were forced to pit, however, none of them retired at that point. Nico Hulkenberg must have picked up damage from the accident as well because his Force India was pulled over in the gravel on the same lap.

 

Romain Grosjean was running sixth after a bad start, but things were about to get worse! Maldonado cut Grosjean off and the Lotus was forced to retire with suspension breakage. Kimi Raikkonen was now the only Lotus left in the race, which meant he had to impress. He did, in fact, and was running in sixth. Meanwhile, Jenson had pulled a ten second gap over Hamilton out and was cruising up front until the enevitable event took place.

 

dne1218ma115.jpgThe safety car was out. The reason behind its deployment was Vitaly Petrov's stopped Caterham on the start/finish straight. It didn't seem to be major, but a crane had to be taken onto the track to remove the Caterham,  which needed the safety car to come out and guide the field around the stricken car. The safety car allowed Vettel to pit and rejoin in second in front of Hamilton. This move was cruicial for Vettel, because he could gain an advantage at the restart over Button.

 

However, there was no chance at all. Button went flying off into the distance and Vettel maintained his second position. Later on, Massa and Senna came together putting the Ferrari out of the race, and Senna eventually retired as well. Considering the Williams had been launched over a Toro Rosso and slammed into by a Ferrari, it was a surprise he had managed to make it that far. Now, the team's only hope was Maldonado, who was running in sixth and hunting down Alonso. Maldonado was performing exceptionally well and was en route for scoring more points than Williams itself had scored in the entire season last year in just this one race. Unfortunately, Pastor cracked under pressure on the final lap and speared the Williams into the wall.

 

Rosberg appeared to be stuck in gear on the last lap and he dropped out of the points, while Perez, Ricciardo, di Resta, and Vergne were neck and neck going across the line, and they finished in the order stated above.

 

A recap article will be released with a more detailed description of the race, but for now, here are the results:

 

Pos No Driver Team Laps
  Grid Pts
1 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 58 1:34:09.565 2 25
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 58 +2.1 secs 6 18
3 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 58 +4.0 secs 1 15
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 58 +4.5 secs 5 12
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 58 +21.5 secs 12 10
6 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 58 +36.7 secs 13 8
7 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 58 +38.0 secs 17 6
8 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 58 +39.4 secs 22 4
9 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 58 +39.5 secs 10 2
10 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 58 +39.7 secs 15 1
11 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 58 +39.8 secs 11  
12 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 58 +57.6 secs 7  
13 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 57 Accident 8  
14 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 20  
15 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 53 +5 Laps 21  
16 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 52 Accident damage 
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Ret 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 46 Accident damage 16  
Ret 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 38 Suspension 18  
Ret 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 34 Steering 19  
Ret 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 10 Gearbox 4  
Ret 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1 Accident 3  
Ret 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 0 Accident damage 9  
DNS 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth        
DNS 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth    

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tommyh 03/18/2012 20:40

A great start of the 2012 F1 season, Kdawg. But why was Button so much faster than Hamilton in the race? Well, more fun next weekend from Kuala Lumpur.

Kevin V. (Kdawg) 03/18/2012 22:25



Actually, I don't know why Jenson was so much faster than Lewis during the race. Maybe, Hamilton chose the wrong strategy, but after Jenson got around him at the start, Jenson was flying. Can't
wait for Sepang, thank goodness it's only a week! :)