Rendering 'Bore-rain' stories to history, the dark and drizzly skies contributed to an exciting Melbourne race.

He finished off the podium, but Fernando Alonso is still leading the championship on Sunday night after a thrilling Australian grand prix.

Rendering 'Bore-rain' stories to history, the dark and drizzly skies contributed to an exciting Melbourne race, but it was a decidedly bad event for the previously dominant Red Bulls.

Local hero Mark Webber had a scruffy race to ninth and had to apologise to Lewis Hamilton for a late collision, while Sebastian Vettel once again had reliability trouble from the lead.

A spark plug had been his foil two weeks ago, while in Australia he skidded into the gravel with a brake failure.

Among his first comments to the German-speaking press was the well-known curse "Scheisse", while to the English reporters Vettel said the frustration "breaks my balls".

"It's nobody's fault, but we need to get on top of it and make sure that we see the chequered flag in Malaysia," the 22-year-old added.

Also unhappy was McLaren's Hamilton, who while his winning teammate Jenson Button made an excellent early strategy call to pit for slicks, was heard on the radio to criticise the decisions made for him.

"The strategy was not right," said the Briton. "Everyone else in front of me did one stop and I did two."

Team boss Martin Whitmarsh acknowledged that McLaren "made a team call which disadvantaged" 25-year-old Hamilton.

 

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 58 1:33:36.531 4 25
2 11 Robert Kubica Renault 58 +12.0 secs 9 18
3 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 58 +14.4 secs 5 15
4 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 58 +16.3 secs 3 12
5 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 58 +16.6 secs 6 10
6 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 58 +29.8 secs 11 8
7 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 58 +59.8 secs 13 6
8 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 58 +60.5 secs 8 4
9 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 58 +67.3 secs 2 2
10 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 58 +69.3 secs 7 1
11 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 58 +71.3 secs 17  
12 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 58 +74.0 secs 14  
13 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 56 +2 Laps 19  
14 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 53 +5 Laps 22  
Ret 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 41 +17 Laps 23  
Ret 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 26 +32 Laps 24  
Ret 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 25 +33 Laps 1  
Ret 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 9 Engine 10  
Ret 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 9 +49 Laps 18  
Ret 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 4 +54 Laps 21  
Ret 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 0 Accident 12  
Ret 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 0 Accident 15  
Ret 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 0 Accident 16  
Ret 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 0 Hydraulics 20

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