Jenson Button Digs Deep At Australian Grand Prix
The Australian Grand Prix is held at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne and is 58 laps. The circuit length is 5.303 km with the race distance being
307.574 km. The first F1 race in Melbourne took place in 1996. The race is a favourite with Grand Prix fans and the racing participants alike because
of the festive atmosphere that surrounds the event.
Qualifying on the Saturday saw Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel take the pole position. His teammate Mark Webber from Australia secured second
position on the grid for Sunday's race. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari placed third in the qualifying round.
Just before race time, rain showers came that caused wet track conditions. The start of the race saw a major collision in Turn Six between BMW
Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi, Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi and Williams' Nico Hulkenberg. They all exited the competition on this first lap. In fact, the
start of the race also saw a minor brush up between Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso and Mercedes' Michael Schumacher. However, these three
drivers were able to continue with racing.
Jenson Button started the race in fourth position. He pitted for a tire change early in the race on Lap Six. He switched to slick tires as the circuit was
beginning to dry. The rest of the drivers followed suit a few laps later. As the race progressed, pole sitter Sebastian Vettel was still holding his lead.
Button had worked his way into second place ahead of Robert Kubica of Renault.
It became a two-car race for the lead as Vettel and Button extended the gap over third place Kubica. Meanwhile, the rest of the pack engaged in wily
maneuvering, engaging in overtaking opportunities presented to them. This made for an exciting race as drivers battled for positions.
However, the afternoon proved to be a disappointment for the young German phenom Vettel. While in the lead, he experienced mechanical failure on
his car. On Lap 26, he developed a wheel problem, which caused him to fly off the track into the gravel ru