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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Alonso says fifth a fillip for Ferrari

Fernando Alonso says Ferrari still have plenty of work to do even after a fifth-place finish in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix went some way to bolster the Italian squad after a troubled start to the season.

Alonso was despondent after qualifying on Saturday at Albert Park, where he finished in 12th place after a spin into the Turn 1 gravel trap.
The two-time world champion made his customary brilliant race start and was eighth by the end of lap one, then fought with the Mercedes of Nico

Button's bedroom brings out the best

A masterful performance from Jenson Button brought the British driver his third Melbourne victory as McLaren Mercedes threw down the gauntlet to Red Bull Renault in a superb Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

Button beat pole-sitter and team-mate Lewis Hamilton for the first-lap lead, kept cool when the Safety Car intervened just past the halfway stage of the 58-lap race and strung together a stunning sequence of fastest laps to hold off a fast-finishing Sebastian Vettel and claim his 13th career victory.

“A Pretty Amazing Day”: The Reaction from the Podium Trio

Jenson Button was delighted, Sebastian Vettel relieved and Lewis Hamilton dejected after they had finished in that order at the end of Sunday's incident-filled Qantas Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

Button, who had started second on the grid alongside his McLaren team-mate and fellow-Briton Lewis Hamilton, took control of the race on the opening lap when he took the lead at the first turn.
Hamilton was 'bogged down' off the grid and never recovered.

Van Gisbergen wins V8 final, Winterbottom wraps up weekend

Shane van Gisbergen ended Mark Winterbottom’s dominance of the MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge, but Winterbottom was still the big winner at the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix.

Stone Brothers Racing driver van Gisbergen won the final race, while fifth was enough for Winterbottom to win the weekend and pocket the $100,000 major prize, having won the three earlier races.

Baird saunters to Carrera Cup success

Craig Baird’s irresistible Carrera Cup form at the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix continued in today’s third and final race as he again showed the field a clean pair of heels.

Baird was untroubled in his 1.05-second victory over Jonny Reid, with Alex Davison third – completing the same trifecta in all three Carrera Cup races.

Although he was bested by Baird, Reid was delighted with his performance.

LeBrocq wraps up Formula Ford round

Jack LeBrocq sealed the Formula Ford round win with victory in the category’s third and final race at the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix.

LeBrocq, who finished second in the 2011 championship, started the weekend with a Race 1 win and second in Race 2 at Albert Park. On Sunday, he made it a pair of wins to take out the 2012 season opener.

McMahon completes Group A&C Touring Cars rout

Nissan Skyline driver Carey McMahon has swept his way through the Group A&C Touring Car Revival races at the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

In today’s shortened six-lapper, McMahon simply began where he left off yesterday, taking maximum advantage of pole position and streaking away from the start, eventually winning by 13.58 seconds ahead of Tony Stapleton (Holden Commodore TWR).

Luke Ellery (Skyline) was third, after finishing second behind McMahon in the opener.

A new Jones to keep up with

There’s a famous name within the Formula Ford field at this weekend’s 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix.

The son of former V8 Supercar and Super Tourer racer and current V8 Supercar team owner Brad Jones, 17-year-old Macauley, is making his Australian Formula Ford Championship debut at Albert Park.

Following a prolific karting career, Jones has switched to circuit racing and Formula Ford in 2012. His first race meeting came in the Victorian State Championship at Winton last weekend and he’s enjoying the step up so far.

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