Red Bull Racing
Result: Sebastian Vettel 1st, Mark Webber 5th
What happened: Vettel was in a class of his own from Saturday onwards at Albert Park, and was never headed for his first win in Australia – and his fourth win in the last five races dating back to last year.
By contrast, it was a miserable home race for Webber, who couldn’t make a three-stop strategy work and finished fifth. While equalling his best result in Melbourne, the margin to his teammate was alarmingly large.
Vettel said: "We got a lot of points which is very important and we enjoyed ourselves, which is even more important.”
Result: Lewis Hamilton 2nd, Jenson Button 6th
What happened: Hamilton survived heavy wheel-spin to hold position at the start and then an ‘off’ that damaged the floor of his car later in the race to score the 37th podium of his career in his 72nd race. His speed in pursuit of the victorious Vettel was some compensation to Button for a luckless afternoon in which he lost ground off the grid, passed Massa by taking an unauthorised short cut – for which he was given a drive-through penalty – and then fought back to gain a creditable finish.
Hamilton said: “The whole team should be proud of this result. The car felt fantastic and I think we can challenge to win the next race.”
Result: Fernando Alonso 4th, Felipe Massa 7th
What happened: Alonso had to fight his way back from a disastrous opening lap that dropped him from P4 to P9 but showed Ferrari’s race pace by matching Webber’s Red Bull all the way; Massa came off second-best in a prolonged arm-wrestle with Button’s McLaren, was ninth on the road but leap-frogged two places when the Saubers were excluded.
Alonso said: “Today was much more normal, but we need to improve for Sepang – we must be much quicker than we were in Melbourne.”
Result: Michael Schumacher (DNF, accident damage, lap 19), Nico
Rosberg (DNF, accident damage, lap 23)
What happened: A disaster for the all-German driver line-up, which had high hopes of taking the fight to McLaren and Ferrari this weekend. Schumacher made a strong start from 11th but clashed with Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari at Turn 3 on the opening lap, while Rosberg parked his car after being taken out by Rubens Barrichello of Williams at the same corner just before half-distance.
Ross Brawn said: “It’s a disappointing end to a disappointing first weekend of the season.”
Result: Vitaly Petrov 3rd, Nick Heidfeld 12th
What happened: Petrov made a blinding start to get to fourth past Alonso and Button then set his fastest lap time on lap 55 as he fought like a tiger to protect his third place from double World Champion Alonso and score Russia’s first-ever F1 podium; Heidfeld too started like a hare to be 12th – from 18th on the grid – by Turn 1 but got involved in a collision that damaged the bodywork and compromised his race.
Team Principal Eric Boullier said: “I have no doubt that both our drivers can be fighting towards the front at the next race.”
Result: Pastor Maldonado DNF( 9 laps), Rubens Barrichello DNF (48 laps)
What happened: A disappointing Sunday for Williams on top of a poor Saturday added up to a gloomy weekend. Maldonado retired early with a transmission failure after surviving the start and finding a rhythm before the vastly-experienced Barrichello followed suit, albeit after a slow puncture and then a collision with Rosberg’s Mercedes, had upset his progress.
Barrichello said: “It was a tough race for us, but at least the 33 was competitive for pace which is encouraging looking ahead to the next race.”
Race: Paul di Resta 10th, Adrian Sutil 9th
What happened: Points for both drivers, including one for Di Resta on his F1 debut, signal a satisfactory start for the team thanks, in part, to the disqualification of the two Sauber cars.
Both drivers ran sensible and solid races, Sutil from 16th on the grid. Di Resta had to conserve fuel on the closing laps. Sutil said: “We had a good performance on the track and, in the end, it was a good race for the first of the season.”
Result: Sergio Perez (disqualified), Kamui Kobayashi (disqualified)
What happened: It should have been a Sunday to celebrate for the Swiss team with a double points finish and a superb debut by Mexican rookie Sergio Perez, but it was not to be. Both cars were disqualified post-race for two breaches of the technical regulations relating to the upper part of the rear wing. Before the bad news came, Perez turned heads with a one-stop strategy that looked to have scored points in his maiden Grand Prix.
Kobayashi said: “Sergio had a really great performance today and I know that he is strong and he is fast. I think we are now very good teammates to be together.” – before disqualification.
Result: Sébastien Buemi 8th, Jaime Alguersuari 11th
What happened: The first corner brought what no team boss wants – a clash between his two drivers. Buemi recovered to steal a point that turned into much more when the Saubers were disqualified; Alguersuari was also hit by Schumacher’s Mercedes, forcing him into an extra stop, but also moved up two places thanks to the Swiss team’s misfortune.
Buemi said: “We will be having a chat about it once I have watched a recording of the incident!”
Result: Jarno Trulli (13th, +2 laps), Heikki Kovalainen (DNF, water leak, lap 19)
What happened: Kovalainen stayed with Sauber’s Sergio Perez and Jaime Alguersuari of Toro Rosso for some time before falling away and then eventually retiring, while Trulli had a quieter race, comfortably ahead of Virgin’s Jerome D’Ambrosio but well behind the rest.
They say: “I think this has been a bit of a tricky weekend for us, perhaps more difficult than we had anticipated.” – Heikki Kovalainen
Result: Timo Glock DNF (49 laps), Jérôme d’Ambrosio 14th
What happened: Both cars ran consistently enough to deliver a solid base for the season ahead, D’Ambrosio nailing a finish in his first race at this level. Glock was hampered by a loose front wheel and then heavy vibration in the closing stages.
Team chief John Booth said: “First and foremost, we have to be happy that we achieved our objective of a two car finish…”