|Date: 3/29/2010 7:32:49 PM|
Button Best in F1 Australia
SO. MELBOURNE, Australia -- Defending World Driving
Champion Jenson Button more than inherited the Quantis
Australian GP from Sebastian Vettel here at Albert Park
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
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