McLaren man gets off to a flying start
Jenson Button dominated the opening race of the 2012 Formula 1 season as he claimed a comfortable victory in the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne Park.
Button beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton into the first corner and soon surged clear, only to be pegged back when a safety car was employed.
However, it was Hamilton who really suffered as Sebastian Vettel, who was lying third at the time, took the opportunity to make his final pit stop and leap-frogged the McLaren in the process.
Vettel held off Hamilton's challenge for the remainder of the race, while Mark Webber again finished outside of the podium positions in his native country in fourth.
Fernando Alonso finished fifth in the Ferrari, with Kamui Kobayashi sixth, Kimi Raikkonen seventh, Sergio Perez eighth, Daniel Ricciardo ninth and Paul di Resta completing the points scoring positions in 10th.
The HRT cars of Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan were both denied the opportunity to race after finishing outside of the 107% qualifying time.
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