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Sutil to start at 10th place at Aus GP
« on: March 27, 2010, 11:03:49 AM »

Sutil to start at 10th place at Aus GP

Force India's Adrian Sutil breezed into the third qualifying session (Q3) again and will start tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix 10th on the grid which will have India's lone F1 driver Karun Chandhok in the last row.

Both the Force India cars should have been in Q3 but Sutil's teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi was caught up in traffic and the Italian, who scored the outfit's first points in Bahrain, would be 13th on the starting grid tomorrow.

"Both should have been in Q3. Liuzzi had traffic problems and Sutil too could have qualified seventh or eighth but for a slight mistake in the first sector of his final timed lap," Force India chairman Vijay Mallya said.

Hispania driver Chandhok, meanwhile, completed 10 laps in the first qualifying session and was happy to at least start from the grid tomorrow, unlike in Bahrain where he had to start from the pit lane.

"I wanted to make it through Q1 and I did. I am very pleased with this result for our second Grand Prix. We are not too far from the top runners. I haven't made any significant errors. It's a great way to start my F1 career," Karun said.

Meanwhile, Sutil was not really overjoyed despite making Q3 for the second successive time.

"It's not disappointing to start 10th but it's not entirely satisfying either as I felt we could have done better," said the German.

"We made it through to Q3, which was another great effort from the team. I made two runs in Q3 and neither was particularly great as the soft tyres didn't seem to get up to temperature," he said.

"We've had a good pace through the weekend so we have a strong platform to go from but let's see what happens tomorrow. At this stage I don't want to make any prediction," said the lanky driver.

Liuzzi was thoroughly disappointed, saying Q3 was well within his grasp.

"(It was) really disappointing today. There was so much traffic -- it was just impossible. Pretty much every lap I had some problem, particularly with the Williams of (Nico) Hulkenberg and the Sauber of (Pedro) de la Rosa who don't seem to be able to use their rear view mirrors.

"On all of my runs, I struggled to finish a proper lap. It's a shame as I definitely think the pace was there to make it through to the top 10," he said. Mallya also felt things could have been even better.

"I think it shows a lot that our drivers are disappointed with these positions. Last year we would have been delighted, but this year we expect more," explained Mallya, also the team principal.

"Tonio got caught in traffic on every lap and without this I think we could have been in Q3 with two cars. Adrian was not entirely satisfied with 10th but nevertheless we can look to build on this tomorrow. Overall though a great effort from the team and the drivers to maintain the form we showed in Bahrain," he said.

Sebastian Vettel will start tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix from pole position after leading a Red Bull one-two at the Albert Park. Teammate and local favourite Mark Webber was 0.116 seconds behind Vettel, followed by Ferrari's Fernando.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sutiltostartat10thplaceatausgp/596415/2

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Re: Sutil to start at 10th place at Aus GP
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2010, 10:54:05 AM »

Button wins Australian Grand Prix

Jenson Button produced a brilliant performance to claim his first win of the season at a fascinating Australian Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver had started fourth on the grid but with pole sitter Sebastian Vettel and Red-Bull team-mate Mark Webber notably faster during qualifying, the 30-year-old seemed to be facing a tough task if he was to challenge for victory.

However, Vettel was once again the victim of bad luck as a brake problem ended his race midway through and, after he had made his move following a frenetic start at Albert Park, Button surged into the lead on lap 26 where he remained to the chequered flag, finishing over 12 seconds ahead of Renault's Robert Kubica.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa secured his place on the podium for the second successive race as he climbed from fifth to take third place in his Ferrari.

Massa's team-mate Fernando Alonso recovered from a spin at turn one on the first lap to take fourth place while Mercedes' Nico Rosberg finished fifth with 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton claiming sixth place.

The victory for Button also marked his first with his new team and the Briton was struggling to find the words to describe his feelings after he climbed from his car.

"It is very special," he said. "It has taken me a while to get to grips with the car but the team have been fantastic.

"I don't know what to say, it is very difficult to put into words. I feel I am building in confidence.This is just too good."

Button's team-mate Hamilton had delivered a charging drive, having climbed from 11th to second at one stage, but a late clash with Webber saw him drop away from challenging for a podium finish.

Tonio Liuzzi once again finished inside the points as he took seventh place in his Force India while Williams' Rubens Barrichello secured eighth.

Webber will no doubt be disappointed with his finish at his home race after the Australian's clash with Hamilton ensured he finished ninth.

Mercedes' Michael Schumacher - who has four wins to his name in Australia - came out on top of a late tussle with Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari for 10th place.

http://www.espnstar.com/motorsport/f1/news/detail/item418768/Button-wins-Australian-Grand-Prix/
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