Jenson Button wins the Australian Grand Prix. Jenson Button of McLaren who qualified second to his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, beat him into the first corner and went on to win.
Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull finished second after Lewis Hamilton had an unlucky break with a safety car.
Mark Webber finished fourth, ahead of Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.
The Japanese driver, Kamui Kobayashi, won out in a seven-car fight to the flag to finish sixth. That left Kimi Raikkonen in his Lotus, to impress after a two year absence in rallying to take seventh place just ahead of Sauber’s Sergio Perez.
Jenson Button seamed to completely dominate the race. He took the first bend ahead of his team mate after making the better start.
Button started his winning season of 2009 with a win at the opening grand prix in Australia. He credited the strong winter and the qualifying demonstrated that.
Button was around 4 seconds ahead of his team mate by the time of the first pit stops. Hamilton made his first pit stop 1 lap before Button. Hamilton came out behind Perez and took around 4 laps to pass him. This allowed Button to extend his lead to 10 seconds.
A safety car deployed just after the two McLaren drivers had taken their second pit stop on lap 36. This cost Hamilton time as he slowed to the required pace of the safety car which meant Sebastian Vettle exited the pits ahead of Hamilton.
Hamilton stayed within a second of the current world champion until he started to drop back due to tyre wear.
McLaren can take much credit after finishing first and third, while Ferrari can take great encouragement from Alonso’s fifth place after qualifying in 12th place.