At the Australian Grand Prix that opens the season, Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel came in second to Jenson Button while driving a car with the Renault RS27 V8 engine. Vettel, who is the reigning world champion, got to the finish 2.1 seconds later than Button. Lewis Hamilton, who took third place, was just two seconds behind Vettel.
Fourth place went to Vettel’s teammate in Red Bull Racing – Mark Webber – who got his highest finish so far in the Grand Prix in his home Australia. He gave a total of 30 points to the Red Bull-Renault package. Because of the RS27, the first race weekend for Williams F1 Team was very competitive. Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado had a great start at the eight position. He stayed in the top 10 until the last lap.
Maldonado was at sixth but he had a spin while trying to overtake Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari. On the first lap, Bruno Senna got into an incident that made him drop down the field. However, he was able to get back on the track to get race mileage for the new chassis-engine package. On lap 53, he had to stop as the damage from the incident with Felipe Massa became serious. Lotus F1 Team, which also uses Renault RS27, had a strong overall performance in the weekend, with Romain Grosjean making the E20 achieve third position on the grid.
Unfortunately, his race was cut prematurely with only 2 laps remaining when he was pushed aside to get to gravel trap. The impact had resulted to the breaking of his front right hand suspension and he decided to retire right away. Kimi Raikkonen’s team got six points.
They had raced from 17th on the grid to seventh at the flag. A satisfying race pace was shown by Caterham F1 Team with Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov running in the midfield. However Vitaly retired on lap 36 with an issue with his steering wheel, while a supposed track rod failure for Heikki on lap 41 forced the team to make a preventative stop to avoid additional damage.