• Australian Grand Prix

Post-race driver rundown

ESPNF1 Staff
March 28, 2010

Jenson Button - 1st His decision to switch to slicks while the track was still wet looked like it would wreck his race at the time. However, it turned out to be absolutely inspired, and once Sebastian Vettel retired, he nursed the car to a comfortable victory, measuring tyre wear against lap time perfectly

Robert Kubica - 2nd A calm and collected drive, in which he outperformed his car, gave Kubica a well deserved podium. A good start put him in contention, but it was his ability to keep Hamilton behind him while the McLaren chewed up its tyres that was most impressive.

Felipe Massa - 3rd He never looked quick, but by keeping out of trouble and holding off his team-mate Alonso, he took a podium and 18 points on a day when he could only muster the seventh fastest lap. It was an important result to ensure he keeps his equal standing at Ferrari alongside his Alonso

Fernando Alonso - 4th One of the most impressive drives of the day saw Alonso fight from the back of the field to fourth. No one was to blame for his first lap incident with Schumacher and Button, and after that he judged everything to perfection, including holding off Hamilton. Considering he had to pass so many drivers, he managed his tyres incredibly well to ensure he didn't have to make a second pit stop

Nico Rosberg - 5th Despite setting the second fastest lap of the day, he seemed to be defending his position all afternoon. He was the highest finishing driver on a two-stop strategy and only lost position to Hamilton because a yellow flag prevented him from fighting back. Importantly, he maintained his dominance over team-mate Schumacher that will be his main aim until the car is capable to fight at the front

Lewis Hamilton - 6th He was the most exciting driver of the out there, as he was forced to come through the field twice on a two stop strategy. He pulled brilliant overtaking moves on Button, Massa and Rosberg as well as out-foxing Webber into turn three. Unfortunately his charge for a podium fell apart when Webber punted him into the gravel at turn 13 and we missed out on a brilliant battle between him and Alonso

Tonio Liuzzi - 7th A measured drive with just one stop meant he scored points for the second race in a row. Once again the Force India had the pace to run behind the front runners, even if it couldn't challenge them directly. Liuzzi managed to stay out of trouble and the result has given him a considerable early-season advantage over team-mate Sutil

Rubens Barrichello - 8th A decision to two-stop dropped him behind Liuzzi, and despite being faster, he couldn't find a way past the Force India. He finished just 0.6 seconds off seventh place but will be comforted by the Williams' overall pace, setting the fifth fastest lap

Mark Webber - 9th A bad start didn't help Webber, but his race really began to unravel when his team was slow bringing him in for dry tyres. From that point on he was playing catch-up, albeit in the fastest car on the grid. The pressure clearly got to him and he ended up taking Hamilton out of the race in the closing stages. The result was massively disappointing in front of his home crowd

Michael Schumacher - 10th A front wing replacement at the start got his race off to a terrible start and left him battling with backmarkers early on. Clearly still a bit rusty, he failed to cut through the field like the Schumacher of old, and was stuck behind Alguersuari for much of the race. One point was the reward for a very tough afternoon's work

Vitaly Petrov's race ends in the gravel © Getty Images
Jaime Alguersuari - 11th He held his own during a long fight with Schumacher but narrowly missed out on a point. The car was nowhere near as quick as the Mercedes so he did very well to hold the seven-time world champion off for as long as he did

Pedro de la Rosa- 12th His tyres were on the absolute limit towards the end of the race, meaning it was quite an accomplishment just to finish. After being something of a mobile chicane all weekend, he kept himself out of trouble on Sunday but the car simply wasn't quick enough to challenge for points

Heikki Kovalainen - 13th A great result given the circumstances, achieving the team's pre-race target of taking no risks and finishing. The highlight came when he briefly held his own against Michael Schumacher at the rear of the field

Karun Chandhok - 14th Considering what a torrid beginning he has had to his F1 career, simply finishing was a great result for driver and team given a fortnight ago the car had barely been assembled. He finished five laps off the pace but kept out of harm's way and will take great heart from his performance

Timo Glock - 41st lap Started from the pit lane after Virgin made some last-minute tweaks, briefly overtook Michael Schumacher seconds after being passed by the former world champion, but was forced to retire with handling problems

Lucas di Grassi - 26th lap Also started from the pit lane but was forced back into the pits with hydraulic problems, returned to the fray after a long delay but was soon back in for good when his gearbox overheated

Sebastian Vettel - 25th lap led from pole, staying clear of the first-corner melee and looked assured, briefly surrendering the lead as he pitted, but once again mechanical failure put paid to his chances shortly before halfway. "It breaks my balls," he admitted. He could have said far worse.

Adrian Sutil - 9th lap Bitterly disappointing after a good start in Bahrain, he suffered from engine problems after a decent start and retired when he lost all power

Vitaly Petrov - 9th lap Stormed from 18th on the grid to tenth at the end of the first lap, and was in eighth when he spun off into the gravel

Bruno Senna - 4th lap Had his brief moment of glory, reaching the heights of 14th before the almost inevitable hydraulic problems forced him out

Kamui Kobayashi - 1st lap He began the weekend losing bits off the front of his car and that's the way it ended after a collision on the third turn - and the debris from his Sauber took out two others as well.

Sebastien Buemi - 1st lap Blameless as an innocent victim Kobayashi's mishap

Nico Hulkenberg - 1st lap Another victim of Kobayashi as he was rear-ended by the out-of-control Sauber

Jarno Trulli - DNS Qualified ahead of the Virgins but behind Kovalainen, and then on the day itself was wheeled off the grid no sooner than he had been wheeled onto it and that was his day with ... yes, hydraulic problems