Sebastian Vettel won a dominant victory in the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne. The World Champion led almost all of the race with Lewis Hamilton in hot pursuit, but the Red Bull had the legs on the McLaren and by the end of 58 laps Vettel was 22 seconds ahead, although in the closing laps Hamilton backed off from around 15 seconds and let Vettel go. A fine third place went to Vitaly Petrov in the Renault, a good drive, but one which left one wondering what Robert Kubica might have achieved in the car. Fernando Alonso was fourth, not far behind the Renault but the Ferraris were not as good with the tyres than its rivals. Mark Webber had a troubled afternoon to finish fifth, pulling off after crossing the line. Jenson Button was sixth, a good effort given that he had had to soak up a drive-through penalty after Massa left him with few choices at one point early on. Jenson cut the corner and hoped that the stewards would rule that he had no choice. They decided that he should have let Massa go.
The biggest surprise of the race was Mexico’s Sergio Perez, who drove a one-stop race in his Sauber to finish seventh on his F1 debut, a great effort. His team-mate Kamui Kobayashi was behind him after two stops. Massa picked up ninth after a rather lacklustre day, while the final point went to Sebastien Buemi in the Toro Rosso.
Eleventh and 12th went to Force India with Adrian Sutil ahead of Paul di Resta, while Jaime Alguersuari ended up 13th ahead of Nick Heidfeld who had a very poor race in the second Renault. At the back Jarno Trulli made it to the flag in his Lotus, ahead of the two Virgins.
It was a bad day for Williams and Mercedes GP which both lost both cars.