The Melbourne Curse Strikes Red Bull Racing Again


The Australian Grand Prix again proved a frustrating race after Sebastian Vettel was robbed of a win and Mark Webber finished ninth after a collision with Lewis Hamilton.

As in Bahrain, Sebastian had built a commanding lead from pole and looking certain to secure a victory, but again it wasn’t to be and on lap 27, car trouble meant he slid off into the gravel trap ending his afternoon out of the points.

Mark Webber then became embroiled in a fight with Lewis Hamilton who, trying to over take Alonso’s Ferrari with just a couple of laps to go, collided with the Australian who was running close behind. Mark had to pit for a third time to replace the nose which dropped his sixth place to a ninth.

Hamilton’s team-mate Jenson Button, together with Renault’s Kubica and the Ferraris had elected for a one-stop strategy. Having started on intermediates in the drizzle, Button – somewhat bravely it seemed at the time – was the first driver to move on to slicks. Hamilton and Webber on their fresher tyres from a two-stop strategy meant they caught the leading one-stoppers pack towards the final stages. The final ten laps saw Webber and Hamilton draw in the leading four cars… but only succeeded in colliding.

It means we score more points than we did here last year, but again Seb has yet to see the chequered flag at Albert Park… our standing in the Constructors table remains fourth, but we’re joined by Renault after Kubica’s unpredicted second place.

We’ll pick up where we left off in Sepang next Sunday.

F1 dull? Think on.

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