Button Best in F1 Australia

Date: 3/29/2010 7:32:49 PM

 
March 28
Button Best in F1 Australia
Walter Elliott
 
 SO. MELBOURNE, Australia -- Defending World Driving
 
Champion Jenson Button more than inherited the Quantis
 
Australian GP from Sebastian Vettel here at Albert Park
 
Sunday night.
 
 Button brought his Vodafone McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25
 
fourth, thanks to an early pitstop for slick tires, to within
 
hailing distance of poleman Vettel's Red Bull-Renault RB6.
 
Vettel reported seeing sparks and feeling vibrations coming
 
from his left front wheel, however, on lap 25. The wheel
 
assembly came apart the next lap, sending him out of the
 
lead and into the turn 13 gravel trap on the 18-turn, 2.95-
 
mile street circuit.
 
 Button collected his eighth career victory 13 seconds
 
ahead of Robert Kubica's Renault and Felipe Massa's Ferrari.
 
All 24 starters, however, faced light rain at the start of the
 
sunny but early evening race. Three drivers crashed or
 
collided on the opening lap; they and another seven failed
 
to finish the 58-lap race.
 
 Freeari driver and former two-time world champ Fernando
 
Alonso, who finshed fourth, is leading the drivers standings
 
after two races. Alonso and Massa have combined to keep
 
Ferrari atop the constructors points as the FIA F1 GP circus
 
heads for Maylasia's Sepang circuit. 
 
 FINISH (Running Unless Otherwise Noted): JENSON
 
BUTTON, Robert Kubica, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso,
 
Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Vitantinio Liuzzi, Rubens
 
Barrichello, Mark Webber, Michael Schumacher, Jaime
 
Alguersuari, Pedro de la Rosa, Keikki Kovalainen, Karun
 
Chandok; (DNF) Timo Glock (lap 41 - suspension), Sebastian
 
Vettel (lap 26 - wheel nut), Lucas do Grassi (lap 25 -
 
hydraulics), Adrian Sutil (lap 12 - engine), Vitaly Petrov (lap
 
10 - spin), Bruno Senna (lap 5 - hydraulics), Sebastien
 
Bruemi and Kamui Kobayashi (lap 1 - collision), Jarno Trulli
 
(lap 1 - hydraulics).
 
 DRIVER POINTS: ALONSO-37; Massa-33; Button-31;
 
Hamilton-23; Rosberg-20; Kubica-18; Vettel-12;
 
Schumacher-9; Liuzzi-8; Webber-6; Barrichello-5.
 
 CONSTRUCTOR POINTS: FERRARI-70; McLaren-Mercedes-
 
54; Mercedes-29; Red Bull-Renault-18; Renault-18; Force
 
India-Mercedes-8; Williams-Cosworth-5.
 
 


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