2010 Australian GP Review: Jenson Button Wins a Thrilling Race

Ravikumar RajagopalCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2010

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes celebrates on the podium after winning the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 28, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Jenson Button winning races during the first half of the 2009 season was such a common sight that when he signed for McLaren for this season, no one believed that he could win a race so early this season.

And though Button was a bit lucky that Vettel, the fastest man on track, had to crash out due to technical issues, it was still a very impressive performance from the British driver who had to prove a point that he won last year’s title not only because of the car alone but also show that he is Hamilton’s equal if not better, too.

Kubica was the surprise package of the race and it was nice to see both him and Renault back in the podium. Though Renault were expected to challenge the big four towards the second half of the season, this early podium is good for the team and it will surely make them break rank with rest of the teams in the mid-field as most teams there as of now are more or less have the same package.

Ferrari leads the championship and it was good to see Massa once again hit the podium while teammate Alonso after a first corner incident started at the tail end of the grid and fought really hard to finish fourth. Though Alonso leads the driver’s championship but in reality there is not much between the two Ferrari drivers and the likes of Button, Hamilton and Vettel challenging him is very high.

Red Bull should be very disappointed with this result as for the second race in a row Vettel had the fastest car on the gird but thanks to the car once again he failed to win and this time did not even score points.

If this continues it may become like last season where Vettel will be left with too little time to actually challenge for the title.

His teammate Webber just tried too hard in front of his home fans. Though he managed to score two points by coming in ninth, it was a race where Webber had he kept his cool could have managed a podium finish.

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Nico Rosberg finishing ahead of a 41-year-old Schumacher is not the reason for which he signed up for Mercedes and though Mercedes is slightly behind the pace of Ferrari, Red Bull, and McLaren as of now, they should catch up very soon or else have the likes of Renault hustling them. 

Today was a day that proved that though Rosberg was a decent driver but he is still not world championship material yet as though his car was not as good as the others, he did have some favorable grid position at various time during the race and him finishing fifth is just not good enough.

Force India at the start of the season wanted to become the best mid-field team and so far they have shown that they can do it. But with the emergence of Renault they need to work harder, while Williams may be slightly off so far, but expect the grove-based team to increase its performance as the season progresses.

It was good for Liuzzi to score points as though he is a very talented driver, Sutil was always thought of as the leader of the team and now he is under immense pressure to perform.

Another disappointing race for both Sauber and Toro Rosso, while Sauber continues to have reliability issues but if they don’t start performing there is a real danger in the team winding down before the season gets over while Toro Rosso is way better than the new teams but still is somewhat behind the likes of Williams, Renault and Force India while based on the issues Sauber is having now, Toro Rosso is well ahead of them.

No miracles were expected from the new teams and though it was disappointing to see Virgin ask for the FIA permission to redesign their fuel tank as it was too small and this ofcourse does not go too well for the people who back CFD while Lotus and Hispanic Racing managed to get one car finish the race for them.

It was a good drive from Heikki Kovalainen in whatever equipment he had as he was pretty impressive through the race and more drivers from him could see him back among the big boys while Karun Chandhok managed to finish his first race in his short F1 career, which is pretty good for the rookie.

It was a very exciting Australian Grand Prix, and the wet tracks at the start of the race played its part too. While Button winning the race and Kubica coming in second has thrown the season wide open though it is still early days, one thing is certain: Ferrari will be strong through the season while Vettel may be the next great driver. But then unless Red Bull can deliver a car which can go through the race distance, he may well join Ferrari sooner than expected.

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