April 3, 2010

2010 F1 Australian Grand Prix Review, Video

Jenson Button celebrates 2010 Autralian Grand Prix win. Photo by AP Photo.

The second race of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship Season took place at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia this past Sunday - March 28, 2010. The winner of the 2010 Australian Grand Prix was the reigning Formula One World Drivers' Champion, Great Britain's Jenson Button (McLaren - Mercedes).

Experts had once again predicted German Renault driver Sebastian Vettel and "Red Bull the team to beat". But once again Vettel, a dominating driver in portions of both of the first two races, was a victim of car failure.

The following articles posted this week at Formula1.com review this year's Australian Grand Prix. Click on the title links to read the full story on this race. Interviews, details and race analysis are included.

For recent posts dealing with things other than this particular GP race, visit Junior's 'Reading And Viewing List' blog entries. Amongst varied subject matter, you may find links to other stories on F1.

Paddock Postcard from Melbourne
Posted at Formula1.com on March 28, 2010

It may not have opened the season this year but Melbourne’s Albert Park was en fete yet again for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

Friday evening saw world champion Jenson Button star in the annual Grand Prix Ball, while the paddock teemed with stars from racing and other walks of life, displays of historic racing and road cars...

Australian Grand Prix - selected team & driver quotes
Posted at Formula1.com on March 28, 2010

BMW Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi, Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi and Williams’ Nico Hulkenberg on their first-lap clash; Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso on their late-race tyre troubles; and reigning world champion Jenson Button on his first win for McLaren. All 24 drivers and their teams review Sunday’s action...

Button wins Melbourne thriller for McLaren
Posted at Formula1.com on March 28, 2010

Jenson Button moved within six points of the world championship lead on Sunday with a superbly judged victory for McLaren in a dramatic Australian Grand Prix that firmly gave the lie to suggestions that Formula One racing is boring.

A rain shower just before the start saw the field start on intermediate Bridgestone tyres, and after a brush between Button, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher, then a heavy crash involving BMW Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi, Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi and Williams’ Nico Hulkenberg in Turn Six, the safety car was deployed...

Lewis Hamilton Q&A: I drove my heart out
Posted at Formula1.com on March 28, 2010

From his poor qualifying position, to a questionable strategy call by McLaren, to Mark Webber’s overly-optimistic passing attempt, Australia hasn’t been Lewis Hamilton’s weekend. Here Hamilton reviews his race and looks ahead to next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix...

FIA post-race press conference - Australia
Posted at Formula1.com on March 28, 2010

1st Jenson Button (McLaren), 1h33m36.531s; 2nd Robert Kubica (Renault), 1h33m48.565s; 3rd Felipe Massa (Ferrari), 1h33m51.019s.

Q: Jenson, an incredible race. 50 laps plus on a set of soft tyres. You made the early gamble for the slick tyres and that was the game changer. Was that your call?
Jenson Button: It was. I think it is a lot easier for the drivers to feel the conditions. The team can see it on TV with the clouds coming in, but we can feel out on the circuit what is happening. I didn’t have a balance on the inters, I was really struggling and I lost a couple of places, so I thought ‘let’s get in, stick the slicks on.’ There was a dry line...

Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Car failure ‘massively infuriating’
Posted at Formula1.com on March 28, 2010

It would seem Sebastian Vettel is jinxed. As in Bahrain, Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix saw him dominate the race only to be eliminated by a mechanical problem. He may head to Malaysia safe in the knowledge that he has the fastest car on the grid, but he also knows that missing out on valuable points at this stage of the season could ultimately cost him the title...

Jenson Button Q&A: Melbourne’s a good place for me
Posted at Formula1.com on March 29, 2010

In 2009 Jenson Button took his first win of the season in Australia en route to the title. On Sunday he took the first win of his title defence in the same place - surely a good omen. After qualifying fourth, Button had predicted the real strength of the McLaren would be race pace - and he was right. After victory in only his second outing for his new team, can it get any better for the Briton? Button certainly thinks so...

Australia race analysis - McLaren win the bull fight
Posted at Formula1.com on March 29, 2010

As in Bahrain, Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull were the fastest combination in Melbourne. But as in Bahrain, mechanical failure meant the win escaped them. Instead it was Jenson Button and McLaren who did the best job of capitalising on their rivals’ misfortune in some very difficult conditions. A stunning drive from Robert Kubica brought Renault an unexpected podium, and Felipe Massa struck back in his battle with Ferrari team mate Fernando Alonso, beating the Spaniard to third place. We take a team-by-team look at how everyone fared at Albert Park on Sunday...

Robert Kubica Q&A: Australian race ‘pretty much perfect’
Posted at Formula1.com on March 29, 2010

Renault’s second-place finish was arguably the biggest shock of the Australian Grand Prix weekend and much of it was down to the skills of the man behind the wheel, Robert Kubica, who kept his cool as supposedly faster rivals tripped up in the tricky conditions. The Pole reviews his Melbourne race and looks ahead to Malaysia...

2010 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix - Highlights Music Video

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