The Australian Grand Prix has been run for another year, and the new Brawn GP team has taken first and second places. Jenson Button made things look easy and even though Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull did not allow him to get away at all during the race, I suspect that Button had a lot of speed up his sleeve and could have gone much faster. Second placed Rubens Barrichello made things look much harder, as he was swamped at the start of the race by Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica, and then had an altercation with Webber and Kovalainen in the first corner which put the Finn into retirement and ruined the Aussie’s race. Rubens carried on with a damaged wing and did not look like getting on the podium until three laps from the end when Vettel and Kubica took each other out.
An unlikely and contriversial third place was taken by Lewis Hamilton after Jarno Trulli was penalised for passing the Brit under the final safety car after he made a mistake which allowed Lewis through. Glock finished fifth after starting in pit lane, and showed that the Toyotas are going to be fast throughout the season. Alonso came sixth even though his Renault ran out of the points for much of the race, seventh placed Nico Rosberg was hampered by a botched pit stop by his Williams team, as he looked like he had a car capable of challenging for a podium. Eighth place was filled by Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi who took a point on debut and outraced his much more experienced team mate.
The Ferraris struggled for pace throughout. They had trouble keeping up with the Red Bull and BMW and then Massa had reliability issues and Raikkonen had an accident.
- Jenson Button – Brawn Mercedes
- Rubens Barrichello – Brawn Mercedes
- Lewis Hamilton – McLaren Mercedes
- Timo Glock – Toyota
- Fernando Alonso – Renault
- Nico Rosberg – Williams Toyota
- Sebastien Buemi – Toro Rosso Ferrari
- Sebastian Bourdais – Toro Rosso Ferrari
I feel that next week in Malaysia the Brawns will once again fly, but the pace of Vettel makes me think that Red Bull should be challenging for a podium place with the Toyotas and Rosberg and Kubica. Brawn, Red Bull, Toyota, BMW and Williams look to be the fastest cars this season and the rest of the teams need to do a lot of catching up.