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Hamilton off to a good start


McLaren's Lewis Hamilton went off to a good start as he won the Melbourne Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park from pole.

Only seven out of the twenty two that started the race finished the race but that didn't bother Hamilton as he snatched his fifth victory and even better for him was that the Ferrari's both failed to finish the race.

Today's race started a later time of 3.30 pm and next year it will start at 5.00 pm in a bid to have the race watched at a better time for European viewers but those fans who braved the heat should have enjoyed the exciting race.

Joining Hamilton on the podium was BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld who finished ahead of Williams Nico Rosberg who recorded his first podium in what was a great result for Williams.

It was also a good result for Heidfield who finished just outside the podium in so many races last year. I also hope to see more of that from the BMW team.

Former champion Fernando Alonso finished in fourth place in his first race back at Renault but he had to fight McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen towards the end of the race to get that fourth place.

I don't think its a bad result for Alonso and he can only improve as the season progresses and as the car is fine tuned.

Sixth place went to Rubens Barrichello but he was then disqualified for leaving the pits when the lights were red in his final pit stop.

Kazuki Nakajima in his first race for Toyota finished seventh but was promoted to sixth when Barrichelo was disqualified in what is a good sign for Toyota who should improve from previous years.

Toro Rosso-Ferrari's Sebastien Bourdais failed to finish but got seventh and so did Kimi Raikkonen who got eighth.

It didn't work out again for Mark Webber who could not even complete a lap and joined Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson, Sebastian Vettel and Giancarlo Fisichella as drivers who failed to complete a single lap.

So McLaren and Williams should be pleased as they were the only teams who had both cars finish the race and for Ferrari its back to the drawing board.

mbareboy
....shows that those driver aids helped those guys a lot, and so what we were seeing was the just which car had better technology than the other rather than the ability of the drivers which is what we are supposed to see.

These are the finest drivers in the world, so everything that aids driving should be taken out apart from the safety devices. Hamilton drove a perfect race, but i think its either you get the first row in qualifying and avoid all the drama at the back or you are in trouble.

It also looks like reliance on computer simulations is letting down a number of teams....obviously race conditions are a different kettle of fish. Ferrari had the lead in testing but couldnt produce it on the race track, but I dont think they are far off.

Raikkonen apart from the two mistakes, had the speed. Webber like Trulli is turning into a qualifying world champion, one lap wonder boys. I think Hamilton will be in the thick of things come end of season. McLaren look too good at the moment.

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Wes
Mbareboy, it could be because of the loss of driver aids but I am waiting to see what happens in Malaysia. The drivers will certainly have to adjust to the conditions in the next few races and I think that those who adjust quicker will bubble to the top.
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