Jenson Button claimed a superb win in Australia GP, beating Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, who lost the first position right after the start. Michael Schumacher accused a DNF while his teammate Nico Rosberg, due to a collision with Kobayashi in the last lap, had to retire too.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber got the forth place ahead of Fernando Alonso, who brilliantly catched up from the mid-field. A bad start of the season for Felipe Massa, who fought for almost the entire race in the back positions and retired at the end.
At the start, Button immediately overtook his teammate Hamilton; great start from the Ferraris too, with Alonso and Massa climbing up in the points positions. Meanwhile Webber, from the fifth place, fell into ninth, and Grosjean, who was in the second row, retired because of a collision with Pastor Maldonado, who overtook him and broke Romain’s front suspension.
Jenson kept the distances from the other the whole race; behind him Alonso overtook Maldonado and Rosberg, pushed by Mark Webber. His pace after the first pit stop, when he set the primes, was very good and he drove almost at the level of the RBRs. Unfortunately, after he pitted for the second time, the Safety Car came out, letting the marshals remove Vitaly Petrov’s Catherham from the straight, and he lost a position from Webber. Same happened to Hamilton, with Vettel stealing him the second place.
In the mid-field, Kobayashi had an exciting fight with Kimi Raikkonen and they both entered into the top ten, finishing respectively 6th and 7th, after battling with Perez, Ricciardo and Di Resta in the last lap. Pastor Maldonado, who was racing Fernando after the SC came into the pits, retired just four corners before the chequered flag, because his Williams lost grip and crashed into the wall.
Felipe Massa’s never had a good pace and he was forced to retire after the fight with Bruno Senna, who tried to overtake him from the outside but damaged his and Massa’s car, as the Ferrari driver closed the door.
Heikki Kovalainen has been also given a five-positions grid penalty for Malaysia, because he overtook while the Safety Car was out.