GP Australia 2012: race result

GP Australia 2012 (race result)
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D he decision at the first race of the year has already been made in the first few meters. Jenson Button accelerated his teammate Lewis Hamilton on the way into the first corner and stayed in the top position in the 58 laps that followed. Even a safety car phase in the 37th lap could not prevent the McLaren driver from his third Australian victory. 'The qualification has already shown that we had a good winter. The first win of the year is particularly nice. Thanks to the whole team,' said the second runner from last year.

Vettel gets the maximum with second place

The duel for second place between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton went to the Heppenheimer with a bit of luck with the safety car. The two McLaren had just finished changing their tires when Vitaly Petrov's Caterham stopped on the home straight and the race had to be neutralized on lap 37. Hamilton then had to cover a large part of the lap at a slow pace, while Vettel turned off to pit himself further ahead. The world champion came back on track right in front of his opponent.

'I might have had a chance without the safety car,' Vettel analyzed later. 'At least it would have been tight. It would have been easier with the safety car. After the restart I had hoped to attack Jenson at the front. But he was gone again after two corners. He was unbeatable today. We can safely start from sixth place today live well with second place. '

Alonso operates damage limitation for Ferrari

Team-mate Mark Webber completed the motley McLaren-Red Bull quartet at the top in fourth place. After a bad start, the Australian fell back to ninth place in the early stages. With a good speed, the perfect tactics and a few courageous maneuvers, Webber fought his way back close to the podium.

Behind him, Fernando Alonso was able to do damage control in fifth place. The Ferrari driver moved up from twelfth on the grid to eighth on the first lap. With a surprisingly good race pace and a little luck due to the failure of the competition, a fifth place came out in the end. For team-mate Felipe Massa things went much worse. The Brazilian was unable to set a competitive pace. In a duel with compatriot Bruno Senna, he bent twelve laps before the endSuspended and had to give up.

Exciting thriller for places six to eleven

From sixth place the big argument about the last World Cup points began. The safety car phase had pushed the midfield teams close together. In the last 17 rounds, the fans were faced with a heated battle with many changes of position. With sixth place, Sauber driver Kobayashi was the first of the crowd to cross the finish line and secured sixth place.

Kimi Räikkönen in the Lotus crossed the finish line in seventh place just 1.2 seconds behind the Japanese. The Finnish returnee showed a terrific race to catch up on his Formula 1 comeback, which was rewarded with six points. Teammate Romain Grosjean was less fortunate. The Frenchman, who started in third place, damaged his suspension in a duel with Williams driver Pastor Maldonado on lap eleven and had to give up.

Maldonado drove an impressive race for a long time. But in the last lap the Venezuelan suddenly lost control of his Williams while in sixth place and crashed head-on into the wall.

Rosberg with a flat tire on the last lap

Beside After the Maldonado crash, the battle for sixth also tore the fans from their seats. For a long time Sergio Perez and Nico Rosberg had the best cards. However, when the two collided on the last lap, everything was reshuffled. Rosberg slipped completely out of the points due to a puncture. Perez defended eighth place with hanging and choking.

'In my opinion, Perez drove a bit too aggressively in the end,' complained Rosberg afterwards. 'He hit my rear tire with his front wing and then I had a flat tire. It was not a good day for us. We had more tire wear than the others and couldn't drive that long. We have to analyze that now.'

Due to the collision and the two slower cars, an exciting sprint towards the finish line developed in the last corners. Local hero Daniel Ricciardo secured ninth place on his debut in the Toro Rosso. Paul di Resta's Force India crossed the finish line two tenths behind. Jean-Eric Vergne in eleventh place only missed the points by a tenth on his debut.

Gearbox damage at Schumacher

Timo Glock in 14th place at least saw the finish line in the new Virgin . For compatriot Michael Schumacher, on the other hand, the race was over after just eleven laps. In a duel with Vettel for third place, the record champion suddenly turned into the meadow. What initially looked like a mistake by the Mercedes driver quickly turned out to be a gearbox damage. 'When entering turn one, the tractive effort of the transmission suddenly stopped. That's why I drove straight into the meadow so I didn't risk a spin.'

Schumi rolled around the course once more, then had his Silver Arrow put in the box. Before everything looked like he could finallytake the first podium since his comeback. 'The start was pretty good, I might have attacked Lewis, but I didn't want to take any unnecessary risks and wait for a chance in the race.'

Hulk crashes again on lap one

The same fate befell Nico Hulkenberg. The Force India driver even had to park his car on the first lap. As on his Melbourne debut two years ago, the Rhinelander was involved in a start-up crash. 'Somehow Albert Park seems to have something against letting me drive a complete race distance here', 'Hülk' practiced in gallows humor. 'It's very disappointing. I had a great start, was already behind Mark Webber, turned in and then it knocked my tire away. Very, very unfortunate.'


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