Formula 1: Australian GP

Sorry for the late start to the day, kids – but it was a long St. Paddy’s day here in Chicago, and I followed it up with the 2012 Australian Grand Prix, which saw Jenson Button and his McLaren-Mercedes pull a shock early lead on his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, which he never relinquished.

As dominant as Jenson looked at the start of the race, however, Ferrari driver Felipe Massa (who is, by all accounts, fighting to keep his job this season) was made of suck and fail. The Brazilian qualified a full second slower than his team-mate, Fernando Alonso, and never had a prayer of a points finish. In stark contrast, Alonso was right there the whole race, making far better use of his tires than his teammate, and effectively using his KERS to fend off the hard-charging Williams of Pastor Maldonado until the last lap of the race, when a frustrated Maldonado pitched it into the wall.

It was a rookie move, that, but not one Pastor is likely to make again.

All in all, it was a he(ck) of a race, and the coverage (on Sky Sports, this time) was a notch above the usual BBC offerings … but I did miss Eddie Jordan.

Oh, well. We’ll see ol’ EJ – and the world’s fastest hybrids – in action again next week in Malaysia, I’m sure.

SO, until then, the super-short version is: Jenson won, Maldonado drove the way we all wish Senna would, Perez is getting better and better, Kamui is an opportunistic little rat, and if Massa keeps driving like that, he’ll be unemployed by June. For full race results and final points standings, click here.

Sources: Planet F1, BBC Sports.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.