Australia F1: Final results – Sebastian Vettel wins! image

Red Bull’s world champion Sebastian Vettel wins the Australian Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Absolutely superb from Vettel. No-one was able to match him today.

Lewis Hamilton, who qualified second to Vettel in the McLaren, finished a distant runner-up as Vitaly Petrov came home a surprising third in the Lotus Renault GP entry.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and native Australian Mark Webber completed the top five.

Vettel’s victory was the first podium for Red Bull in their seventh appearance at the Australian race. Petrov is the first Russian on an F1 podium.

For Michael Scumacher the race ended on lap 23. The german said:

“I had a good start and made up a few positions. Someone knocked on my right rear at turn three, I don’t know who, and I had a puncture – a consequence of that was the rear tyre was destroyed coming back to the pits. That destroyed the rear floor… I had a suspension problem – the left and right were not equal. It was not worth it so after 20 laps the team rightly decided to bring me in and not risk anything.” The driver who caught him was Alguersuari.

2011 FORMULA 1 QANTAS AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Provisional Results

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 58 Winner 1 25
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 58 +22.2 secs 2 18
3 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 58 +30.5 secs 6 15
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 58 +31.7 secs 5 12
5 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 58 +38.1 secs 3 10
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 58 +54.3 secs 4 8
7 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 58 +65.8 secs 13 6
8 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 58 +76.8 secs 9 4
9 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 58 +85.1 secs 8 2
10 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 10 1
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes +1 Lap
12 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes +1 Lap
13 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari +1 Lap
14 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault +1 Lap
15 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault +2 Lap
16 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth +4 Lap
Ret 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth +9 Lap
Ret 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth +10 Lap
Ret 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP +36 Laps
Ret 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault +39 Laps
Ret 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP +39 Laps
Ret 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth +49 Laps