Jenson Button wins the Australian grand prix

Jenson Button won the Australian grand prix in Melbourne earlier today in just his second race driving for McLaren-Mercedes. Last season’s world champion produced a brilliant performance in what was one of the most exciting Formula One race’s in recent memory.

Starting in fourth place on the grid behind Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber it seemed that Button was facing an almost an impossible task, however, rain changed the complexion of the race completely.

Button immediately decided to change to slick tyres and the decision paid off when a mistake from race leader Vettel saw his car spin off the track on 26 laps and the McClaren driver took full advantage.

From there Button lead the race and took the chequered flag with Renault's Robert Kubica and Ferrari's Felipe Massa finishing in second and third respectively.

‘This is a very special victory because I've only been with this team for a short time,’ a delighted Button said afterwards. ‘It's taken me a little time to get to grips with a new car and to adapt inside the cockpit, but the team has been fantastic. The pit stop was my call.'

‘It's a lot easier for the driver to feel the conditions than the guys in the pits. It was the right call and I'm very happy that I made it. We'll take a lot from this. I feel I'm building in confidence and hopefully we can do something similar in the next race.’

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