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Button leads McLaren 1-2 in wet Chinese Grand Prix 1

Button leads McLaren 1-2 in wet Chinese Grand Prix

Jenson Button secured his second victory of the 2010 season after taking full advantage of changeable weather conditions in China this afternoon. Two safety car periods and continual rain from one-third distance provided for a chaotic race, with Lewis Hamilton taking second place subject to a post-race stewards’ inquiry.

With rain in the air, the race got underway as planned in dry conditions and Fernando Alonso jumped straight into the lead from third place, albeit thanks to a jump start for which he soon received a drive-through penalty. However, a first-lap collision involving Tonio Liuzzi, Sébastien Buemi and Kamui Kobayashi brought out the safety car for three laps, prompting many drivers to pit for intermediate tyres as the rain started falling more heavily.

Vettel leads Red Bull front row in China 1

Vettel leads Red Bull front row in China

Red Bull sent an emphatic message to their F1 rivals when they locked out the front row of the grid for the Chinese Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel (1:34.558) hooking up a fine final lap to pip team mate Mark Webber (1:24.806) to top spot.

With the F1 paddock speculating since the start of the season that the team had a ride height control system on its car to explain its 100% pole position record, the FIA have recently issued a rule clarification banning such devices. As Vettel crossed the line Red Bull team principal Christian Horner shouted on the team radio, “Who needs ride height control!”

Mclaren top times on Friday in Shanghai 1

Mclaren top times on Friday in Shanghai

Lewis Hamilton overtook team-mate Jenson Button at the top of the practice timesheets during the second session in China this afternoon, posting a time of 1m35.217s to end the day as the fastest man on-track. The Briton took to the top of the standings with just over half way gone in the session, going half a second quicker than Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, and although he failed to improve for the rest of the session, he remained fastest.

Rosberg later improved his own time to come within a quarter of a second of the McLaren, setting a 1m35.465s seven minutes after Hamilton took over at the top. Jenson Button had to be happy with third place on a time of 1m35.593s, and was fortunate to finish ahead of Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher who was less than a hundredth of a second adrift in fourth on a 1m35.602s.

Vettel leads dominant Red Bull one-two in Malaysia 1

Vettel leads dominant Red Bull one-two in Malaysia

Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix, at Sepang, leading a Red Bull 1-2 finish – his team mate Mark Webber finishing secon, 4.8 seconds back. Nico Rosberg gave the Mercedes team its first podium finish with his third place – 13.5 seconds behind the leader.

After starting from third place, Vettel jumped Rosberg at the start and took the inside line on his team mate into the first corner and never looked back – only giving up the lead when pitting for tyres. The two Red Bulls pulled away from the field and were separated by around a second until Vettel pitted for tyres on lap 23, followed by Webber the next lap – having a slower stop due to an airgun problem on his right front wheel. Vettel then got clear of his team mate and cruised to his first win of the year, and the sixth victory of his career – it the first win in which he did not start on the front row.

Webber takes pole in a rainy Malaysia Qualifying 1

Webber takes pole in a rainy Malaysia Qualifying

Strategic thinking worthy of the Keystone Kops has ensured that we will have a fascinating grid for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

Mark Webber’s Red Bull will start on pole after making an inspired choice of intermediate tyres in Q3, ending up 1.3 seconds ahead of Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel. But a mass loss of intelligence has ensured that three world champions will start in the last eight.

Hamilton is fastest after Friday’s Practice at Malaysian Grand Prix 1

Hamilton is fastest after Friday’s Practice at Malaysian Grand Prix

After his frustrating time in Melbourne, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton seemed determined to take make an impression on the timesheets during the first day of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend, grabbing the top spot in both sessions. Hamilton and his rivals reflect on their early progress in Sepang…

Here are the selected team and driver quotes after Friday…

Button wins in Melbourne with perfect strategy 1

Button wins in Melbourne with perfect strategy

McLaren’s Jenson Button took an outstanding victory in Melbourne this evening after an inspiring early switch to slick tyres following a wet start to the race. Showers around the start of today’s twilight event resulted in a thrilling and action-packed race, but Button nevertheless had more reliability problems on Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull to thank for claiming his maiden McLaren victory.

With light rain falling just before the start of the race, all drivers were forced to start on intermediate tyres, with polesitter Sebastian Vettel making a clean getaway at lights-out to lead on the opening lap. Directly behind him on the grid, a poor start by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso resulted in disaster as he hit eventual winner Button at the first corner, putting the Spaniard to the very back of the field.

Vettel leads Red Bull one-two in Melbourne Qualifying 1

Vettel leads Red Bull one-two in Melbourne Qualifying

Sebastian Vettel will be on pole for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix after he dominated qualifying at Albert Park.

On a cold day in Melbourne with the threat of rain hanging over the circuit, all the cars came out early to set a banker lap in each of the three sessions. Vettel’s second pole of the year came after he set the fastest time in all three, pipping Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber by a tenth to the dismay of the local crowds.

Fernando Alonso took third in the Ferrari, ahead of Jenson Button’s McLaren and the fellow Ferrari of Felipe Massa. Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher will start in 6th and 7th for Mercedes while Rubens Barrichello, Robert Kubica and Adrian Sutil round off the top ten.

Hamilton leads McLaren in Melbourne practice 1

Hamilton leads McLaren in Melbourne practice

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton ended the first day of running at the top of the timesheets in Melbourne this evening, clocking a time of 1m25.801s early in the weather-disrupted second practice session. Occasional rain over...

Alonso leads Ferrari one-two in Bahrain 0

Alonso leads Ferrari one-two in Bahrain

Fernando Alonso took a comfortable victory on his Ferrari debut in Bahrain this afternoon, winning by 16 seconds after initial race leader Sebastian Vettel fell behind with mechanical problems just after half distance. Second place for Felipe Massa secured the Italian marque a one-two finish, while McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton completed the podium in third.

From the start pole-sitter Vettel romped clear at the front, opening a two-second lead by the end of the first lap. In what turned out to be a crucial move for his race win, Fernando Alonso squeezed by team-mate Massa at the second corner, with Massa just managing to keep third from Hamilton thanks to the Briton running wide at turn 4.