TAG Heuer Ambassador Wins Melbourne Grand Prix
TAG Heuer Ambassador Jenson Button has won the inaugural GP of the 2012 Formula 1 season.
[UKPRwire, Wed Mar 21 2012] McLaren Mercedes driver and TAG Heuer Watches Ambassador Jenson Button got his Formula 1 season off to a flying start with a victory in the Australian Grand Prix. However, impressive performances from a number of past champions mean that the season will definitely not be a one-horse race.
The event lit the fuse for a potentially explosive season in the motorsport, as last seasonís champion Sebastian Vettel finished the race in second position. Vettel is defending his second championship in a row as the 24-year-old aims to retain the title for the third straight season.
There was disappointment for Australian driver Mark Webber as he was once again denied victory at his home nationís Grand Prix, in what is widely expected to be the 35-year-old driversí final season. The Red Bull Racing driver fell back in the GP due to a glancing blow to his car in the early stages of the race saw his fall back to ninth position. He eventually climbed back to fourth place.
Former World Champion, and TAG Heuer Watches Ambassador Lewis Hamilton took third place. Lewis started in pole position but was overtaken by his teammate on the first corner of the first lap. The TAG Heuer Watches ambassador was then overtaken by Vettel, resulting in the top four position been taken exclusively by the Red Bull Racing and McLaren Mercedes team.
Elsewhere in the field, the race proved to be equally thrilling and provided an early glimpse of the excitement this season should bring. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished his race in fifth place whilst for Mercedes veteran driver, a disappointing crash on the eleventh lap forced him to retire whilst in third place.
Lotus F1 also made a promising start, with Romain Grosjean taking third place on the grid before retiring on the second lap due to a broken front wing. Team mate Kimmi Raikkonen, the Finnish former World Champion who has not competed in F1 since 2009 finished his first back after a number of years in rallying with a seventh place.
The championship moves on to Malaysia for the next race in the series. For more information on TAG Heuer Watches visit www.thewatchhut.co.uk