Motorsport Weekend: Formula 1 Australian GP results
Hello and welcome to a new edition of Motorsport Weekend, our feature in which we present the latest results from the biggest motorsport events taking place in the last three days.
Without a doubt the Formula 1 Australian GP, taking place in Melbourne, was the biggest event, but Nascar fans were also scheduled to enjoy some racing goodness. Sadly, the rain which befell the Martinsville Speedway made organizers postpone the event until today.
Luckily, the F1 race from down under more than made up for it, providing some interesting battles and dramatic events, even though it rained for quite some time.
Curious to see how Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel or Fernando Alonso faired? Hit the jump and find out!
The Australian GP started during a light rain, which was enough to cause Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to touch with Mercedes GP’s Michael Schumacher and spin out. The event forced the German driver to make a pit stop while a new front wing was fitted, and returned in last place. More crashes followed during the first lap, and the brand new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG safety car had to intervene and pace the race until the debris were cleared.
What followed was another show of force by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, while a lot of tough battles were going on in his back, involving Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg and even Renault’s Robert Kubica.
At this time Button made a very bold move, opting for slick tires as the rain stopped. At first the decision seemed foolish, with the British driver going outside the track on several corners. After the tires warmed up though, nothing could stand in front of Button.
Nothing except Vettel though, who even though opted for a late tire change, was still unreachable by Button. Sadly for Red Bull fans, the German’s car once again failed mechanically, as a loose nut in his front tire caused him to crash, handing the lead to Button on a silver platter.
Meanwhile, Renault’s Robert Kubica made a valiant effort by fending off Ferrari duo Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso for the later third of the race. The end was all about the battle between Alonso, Hamilton and Webber, all struggling for fourth place.
With just two laps to go, Hamilton made a desperate move to overtake the Spanish driver, but Alonso was coy, stepping on the brakes before attacking a corner. This left no room for Hamilton, which, to Webber’s surprise, also slammed the brakes. This led to the Australian Red Bull driver crashing into Hamilton, much to the Briton’s disappointment after the race.
The end results of the 2010 Formula 1 Australian GP are: Jenson Button (McLaren), Robert Kubica (Renault), Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India), Rubens Barrichello (Williams), Mark Webber (Red Bull), Michael Schumacher (Mercedes GP).
Currently Fernando Alonso leads the overall standings, with 37 points, followed by teammate Felipe Massa with 33 points, and Jenson Button, with 31. In terms of constructors, Ferrari leads with 70 points, followed by McLaren with 54 and Mercedes GP with 29.
Look forward to the next weekend, which will see the Malaysian F1 GP in Sepang.
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