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Monday, 19 March 2012

Jenson Buttons It

McLaren driver Jenson Button led from start to finish from second place on the grid.  Lewis Hamilton was good for second from pole but was jumped by Vettel on restart after the pace car paused play.

Kimi Raikkonen fought his way from 17th to seventh showing he will be a force to be reckoned with over the season.  His team mate, Romain Grosjean crashed out after a collision on lap one with Pastor Maldonado and most likely would have had a top 5 finish.  He can be proud of his third place on the grid.  Based on pre-season form, Raikkonen would have qualified ahead of him had he not misjudged the time left in quali. 1.

Webber came in fourth ahead of Alonso and Kobayashi.

Michael Schumacher was going well until his gearbox packed up after 10 laps but his team mate could only manage 11th.

Button secured fastest lap on his way to victory.

So what do we learn from race 1 of the season?  McLaren and Red Bull still are the cars to beat with only four seconds separating the top four at the end of the race.  Next weekend we will see the true pace of Lotus in Kimi's capable hands.  Ferrari will likely finish behind Schumacher, both Lotus cars and maybe Rosberg putting them 8th or 9th unless they can tune the chassis before the weekend.  Not an easy task for the new design team.

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