The 2012 Formula 1 season started over the weekend with the Australian GP, an exciting race in which we finally got to see how good every team is going to be this season, with the new, weird looking cars. I think McLaren was the only team which managed to design a car that’s also pretty attractive and, apart from looking well, the new McLaren also seemed to be the best car right now, great during training sessions, great in qualifying and great in the race as well.
Red Bull and Mercedes have also came up with really good cars this year, Lotus, Sauber and Williams were really impressive in the first race while Ferrari was the major disappointment, even though Fernando Alonso finished well in a struggling Ferrari. Now let’s see what happened at Melbourne..
Jenson Button was the hero of the first race of the season, winning the Australian GP after leading the entire race, from the first corner where he passed team mate Lewis Hamilton until the chequered flag. Hamilton was also pretty great, taking the pole-position but he had some bad luck with pit stops and ended up in hird, behind the reigning world champion, Sebastian Vettel.
Mark Webber was fourth in his home Gran Prix, his best result in Australia, proving the Red Bulls can easily compete with the cars from McLaren this year, while Alonso took a rather surprising fifth place after struggling the entire race in a Ferrari that seemed really slow over the weekend.
Pastor Maldonado had a great race until a few corners from the end, when he was trying to overtake Alonso for the fifth place and crashed which meant Kobayashi got the sixth place, while Kimi Raikkonen, at his return in Formula 1, finished in an awesome seventh place. Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo (a rookie also from Australia) and Paul di Resta rounded out the top 10.
Webber was clipped twice in the race in the first corner and slipped down to ninth, Romain Grosjean which was the sensation of the qualifying round exited the race early after a clash with Maldonado and Michael Schumacher was also forced out early when he was in the third place with technical problems.