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 looked certain to secure a victory, but again it wasn’t to be; on lap 27, car trouble sent him sliding 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 overtake 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 teammate 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 tires from a two-stop strategy meant they caught the leading one-stoppers pack toward the final stages. The final ten laps saw Webber and Hamilton draw in the leading four cars… but unfortunately they only succeeded in colliding.
Red Bull Racing scored more points than they did here last year, but again Seb has yet to see the checkered flag at Albert Park. The team remains fourth in the Constructors table, joined by Renault after Kubica’s unpredicted second place.
The team heads to Sepang, Malaysia next Sunday. Keep up at RedBullRacing.com.