2012 Australian Grand Prix Results

The 2012 Formula 1 season got underway today at the Albert Park track in Melbourne, Australia.  This year is interesting as 6 of the 24 drivers are drivers who have won a Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.  Of course, this early in the season, the performance of the cars is still a big unknown.

The race conditions were clear, sunny, and warm.  The race did start around 5:00PM local time, so there were some shadows on the track towards the end of the race.

The two HRT-Cosworth cars were not allowed to start because they did not post a qualfying time that was within 107% of the best time.  As a result only 22 cars started today’s race.

In the end Jenson Button drove a good race in a fast McLaren racecar to win the first race of the season.  Vettel finished second in his Red Bull and benefited from an appearance of the Safety Car which he used to his advantage to pass Hamilton’s McLaren.  Weber finished fourth.

Jenson Button Wins the 2012 Australian Grand Prix

The early weekend promise of good pace from the Mercedes Team was not present during the race.  I think that they have a fast car if they can get all of their mechanical issues sorted out.

It looks like the Ferrari team has got some performance issues to sort out if they are going to be competitive this year.

The complete results of the 2012 Australian Grand Prix are as follows:

Position Driver Team
1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
6 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari
7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault
8 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari
9 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes
11 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari
12 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
13 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault Off Course
14 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth
15 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth
16 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault
17 Felipe Massa Ferrari Accident
18 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault Mechanical
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault Mechanical
20 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Mechanical
21 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault Accident
22 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes Accident
23 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth DNS
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth DNS

Kimi Raikkonen had a very good return to Formula 1 by finishing 7th in his Lotus.

The next Formula 1 race will be the Malaysian Grand Prix to be held next weekend.

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