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Vettel wins Australian GP

Sebastian Vettel confirms Red Bull pace by taking comfortable win in Melbourne.
Sebastian Vettel claimed the eleventh victory of his F1 career, and his first as reigning world champion, with a consummate performance in the Australian Grand Prix.

The German, who had never previously finished at Albert Park, led from start to finish, only losing his advantage during the two pit-stops necessitated by the Pirelli tyres, and eventually came home a comfortable 22 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

The Briton, as promised, kept his rival honest in the opening stages, often lapping faster than the Red Bull, but suffered damage to the floor of his reworked McLaren and dropped away in the second half of the race. The problem could yet cause concerns for the McLaren team in scrutineering.

The pair were joined on the podium by Renault's Vitaly Petrov, who no doubt provided another spur for the injured Robert Kubica to return to action. The Russian, taking his first top three finish, benefited from a flying start that elevated him ahead of Jenson Button and, having run a lonely race for much of the 58-lap distance, resisted late pressure from Abu Dhabi rival Fernando Alonso to underline Renault's pre-season promise.

Alonso overcame a poor start and the second Red Bull of Mark Webber to take fourth for Ferrari, while the Australian pulled off immediately after the chequered flag, suggesting he may have had a problem towards the end that prevented him from chasing the Spaniard.

Button recovered from a drive-thru' - for cutting an corner while battling the fast-starting Felipe Massa - to claim sixth, ahead of impressive rookie Sergio Perez, who bested Sauber team-mate Kamui Kobayashi after making just one stop for tyres. Massa got the better of Sebastien Buemi late on to take ninth, while the Swiss opened Toro Rosso's account with the final point.

Full report and results to follow...

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26.03.2011- Qualifying, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Lotus Renault GP, R31
26.03.2011- Saturday Practice, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
26.03.2011- Saturday Practice, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
12.10.2014- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
12.10.2014- Race, the start
12.10.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
12.10.2014- Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
12.10.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 in the press conference after the race
12.10.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 celebrates Manufactor title of Mercedes with the team
12.10.2014- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
12.10.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
12.10.2014-  Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10 with a fan
12.10.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
12.10.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
12.10.2014- Race, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
12.10.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 in the press conference after the race
12.10.2014- After Race Press Conference,  Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36

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March 27, 2011 8:48 AM
Last Edited 1308 days ago

Brilliant performance from RedBull and Vettel. I don't think Vettel put a wheel wrong all race. Webber will once again be kicking his sheep following his performance. Brilliant 2nd place from Hamilton after a poor start. Hope the damage to his car doesn't cost him after scrutineering. Shamefull choreography by Massa and Teflonso cost Button seriously during the race. As for Petrov, the biggest complement I can pay him is to say I don't think Kubica could have done better. the DRS is a bust. RedBull didn't even have KERS on the car so their performance shows that all these extras are over-rated and you can't beat a well handling, well balanced, well designed car. could be a very boring season if this dominance continues :(

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