Vettel wins Australian GP

Sebastian Vettel claimed the 11th 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-through – 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.

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Well 2007 and 2008 where great seasons with last race and even last corner finals! The cars looked great and there were 3 teams in the battle for the win! The aero rule change didn’t make sense, 2009 was a superboring year, Brawns all over the place!

The ban on re-fueling and the return of the slicks was good though! Off course there should be limitations for safety but a max on revs, engine freezes, testing limits, kers, moving wings, 4 cyl, snowplow front wings and bookcase backwings are so not F1!!

I bet that if the regulations would have had been more stable BMW, Toyota and Honda would have still been there! They were forced to spent so much money on kers and all those nonsense that it just didn’t make sense anymore! Yippie, now we have ‘Lotus’, HRT and Virgin! F1 gone places! Cheers!

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@ioio: praise indeed, to rely upon me so heavily : ) But I think Jimmy meant something else entirely: F1 has to compete with other forms of sport for public interest. I’ve followed Indy for about a season when there was a Dutchman in it (Robert Doornbos). And I had to admit that ovals are rather exciting once you get the joke. The winner really isn’t decided until the last lap or so, since all cars are truly equal and there’s always chance of a yellow. With all its ingenuity, F1 can’t do that. For that, you might call F1 pompous, maybe even arrogant. A sport can only justify its existence through its talent to entertain a crowd.

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Why is Nascar even being discussed in a Formula 1 section? Surely there is a gathering of people discussing it around a fire pit with a pig roasting over it and a fleet of pickup trucks parked nearby. That is it’s proper place.

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i think it could very well be that vettel will shred eveyone to pieces this year.

and yes, he is a better driver than hamilton. hugely talented, more consistent, better pace, delivers when he has to. his errors last year.. yeah well you know, he is still a kid.

stop crying about mimimimi he is only the fastest because he is in the faster car. well, have a look at webber then. simple as it gets, vettel is exactly in the car he belongs.

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there are many hamilton fan boys around, maybe b/c he is british, and his is a british site?

ham is great, first blk driver in f1 from my knowledge, great talent, quick hands. Ham is one of the best drivers in the field, possibly better or on par with alanso. ham makes more mistakes than alanso but he pushes hard so thats to be expected.

vettel on the other hand, pushes hard yet makes less mistakes than ham, look at his races past three seasons and you will see my point. rarely does vettel drive off the track, can we say same of ham? no! vettel is faster and won races with sub par cars in the past. ham came into f1 in the top team.

vettel is brilliant behind the wheels, a great talent, maybe the best in f1 right now, period. sure he has a good car, so does webber but you dont see webber performing like vettel do you. theres a reason for that, its driving skills.

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How about each team having FIA constructed standardised wings in only 3 formats ( high, medium, low downforce ) and letting the teams do whatever they like with the underfloor, and bodywork. Also let them use whatever compound tyres they want, and take away the rule that you must use both compounds in a race.

That way the FIA can make wings that are not so turbulent, and do not offer such high aero benefits. Teams will have to work out clever ways around it, which is what they should be good at, and teams will figure out which tyres to suit them best, opening up strategy issues for others.

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Vettel did a great job. I’m his big fans.

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EVERYONE SHOULD ASK WHY DOES THE FRONT WING ON VETTLES CAR KISS THE FLOOR ON STRAIGHTS AND IN CORNERS IS 10CM OF THE FLOOR. MAYBE THAT´S WHAT WEBBER WAS LOOKING AT ON SATURDAY AFTER POLE. THERE ARE VIDEOS OF SUNDAYS RACE WHERE YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE THAT VETTLE´S FRONT WING IS ON THE FLOOR, MEANWHILE THE REST OF THE CARS AREN´T. THAT´S AT LEAST A GOOD HALF SEC PER LAP.

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forza,what does it matter? the car meets regulations. if it didnt then redbull would get a dq like sauber. redbull is not mclaren or ferrari, they are a smaller team, they wont get away with anything

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Well said Stig.

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ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT ADRIAN NEWEY IS FROM ANOTHER PLANET.

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VETTEL ftw, he is the next schumi. best driver in the field.

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Hamilton was the hero of the race… His perfect pit stop and 2nd with a broken floor? You gotta be kidding me!
Go Lewis!

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formula 1, fastest car wins! there’s no doubt Lewis is the quickesr driver! but a half decent driver like seb in a redbull will win, button is crap, webber is crap! lewis, vettel, alonso are the only three men worth watching!

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firstly at JoJo, u mentioned that hamilton wasnt even in top 8 for fastest laps! this is because he had a broken floor on his car for the second phase of the race when the fuel loads are lower! duh!
look im not a lewis fanboy just saying!
also all this talk of who is fastest i think its impossible to say because mclaren havnt had a top car since 08. hopefully this season that will change!
oh and to those who said vettel doesnt make many mistakes did you watch last year?

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im a F1 fan: I see different fan boys in here. I have watched F1 for many years and am mostly impressed by Vettel.

I read earlier where seb makes less mistakes than ham and that statement is correct.

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In F1 the fastest car wins if its reliable enough to finish and the driver is good enough to extract the speed out of it.

Ham/Vettel. Ham is more aggressive. Vettel is more consistent, both are quick .

Ham makes more mistakes than vettel but, Ham is more dynamic to watch.

Vettel is fast in fast cars yes, but he can use a bad car (STR and BMW) and win races, He has. Vettel has proven himself. Ham fans will never admit that there is a better driver in the field.

btw dont think that if RBR wanted to they couldnt have gapped more than 22secs, there is something called managing the gap and bring it home.

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for years i was a ferrari/mercedes mclaren fan, those two teams were everything to me, now i am into 2 drivers. ham and vettel. imo if either of them win, im glad.

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How about some of the under dogs winning, Seb and Ham are with top teams. Seb fastest car, Ham w 2nd fastest. why not Petrov?

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ioio .. Takk .. seen the espn news?
Even Vettel would love to see V12s instead of 4cyl Even Vettel questions Kers
Even Vettel questions DRS
Even Vettel picks a 1990 McLaren as most special F1 car .. I so share his opinion !
btw .. ioio, do you work for the fia?

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No Jimmy, I don’t work for the FIA!! Ok if you want to bring V12’s back that’s fine. But remember that you still need progress. Therefore it would probably have to be a 1.0L engine or maybe smaller and let them tune it to the hilt. But again this doesn’t fit in with everyday life and very little information gained by this will be used in the automotive industry. That’s why I’d prefer to see fewer cylinders for bigger engines. i.e. 1.6L 4 cyl is a good everyday engine to be used. This at least makes formula one a useful tool for automotive industries and not just about crowd pleasing. This can help bring back Honda, Toyota and BMW apart from the marketing possibilities. The reason for these 3 leaving Formula one in the first place was so they could make cutbacks due to economic crisis around the world. Imagine the uproar of companies and unions if they lay off people and still were investing millions in formula one. They had to leave for their own survival.

BTW it can also be argued that the reason for Williams and Ferrari winning so many championships in a row is from lack of rule changes. The time Schumacher was winning everything around him is when F1 lost a considerable amount of fans…

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Sure, the FIA is even suggesting an electric formula now! At least it will give me more free time on Sunday afternoons. The Williams area was comparable to RBR now (Newey/Renault). And damn, how I loved this Schumi Ferrari’s with their screaming V10s, those cars were great and gave the real fans goose bumps!! And since when should F1 engines have a comparison to road cars? Do you really think that will attract more viewers?? Doubt so. The extraordinary character and power of an F1 car, that is what attract viewers! And the respect it earns when drivers are able to manage those beasts and race them, like the Mansells and the Sennas once did!

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up alonso!!!!this year you can win!!!!jo jo jo

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