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
|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|