Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne

The event was a great success with the weather holding out and the crowds flowing through both the Melbourne and Gold Coast sites. If you were an Englishman then all your prayers were answered. Please see the below report on the event.

What a weekend. What a season in prospect. British race fans can officially start dreaming now after Jenson Button produced a flawless, beautifully measured performance to claim his third win in his last four trips to Albert Park and confirm beyond doubt that McLaren’s pace, hinted at in winter testing over the past month, is for real Button beat Red Bull’s double world champion Sebastian Vettel into second place in Melbourne, with McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton third on a hugely encouraging day for the Woking team, and one that suggests both their drivers could be in world title contention this year.

But it was not just the prospect of Button and Hamilton going mano a mano in Brazil come November that set pulses racing, there was action and drama everywhere you looked yesterday; from Kimi Raikkonen’s surge from 17th on the grid to seventh on his return to the sport with Lotus, to the welcome return to some semblance of form from Williams.

Pastor Maldonado, Williams’ Venezuelan driver, was pushing Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso for fifth when, wretchedly, he crashed out on the very final lap. Had Maldonado pulled it off he would have collected more points in one race than the Grove-based team managed in the whole of 2011.

Button could not stop grinning afterwards – and no wonder; the last time he won the opening race of the season here in 2009, he went on to win his only title to date. – Tom Cary, The Telegraph.