Here we go, start of the longest Formula One season ever, Melbourne as a low grip street circuit is notoriously not representative of how the rest of the season might unfold so let's dispense with big pronouncements in favor of a simple winners and losers list
Jenson Button: flawless, showed Lewis again why he carries number 3 and not 4.
Mclaren, looks good went fast. will it continue to grow?
Fernando Alonso: showed why it is he's paid the big bucks and he's the best driver in the field. Especially impressive, how towards the end of the race with his tires gone he controlled Maldonado pushing only in the last section of the lap to get away from DRS range.
Kimi Raikkonen: he's been away for two years? I'd hate to think what will happen when they wake him up on time for qualifying.
Kamui Kobayashi, Sergio Perez, Sauber: Just check the starting and finishing positions.
Williams: yes Maldonado was helped by the safety car shuffle but great to see a Williams do something.
New Safety car rules: perhaps it was not a factor today but finally lapped cars will not decide the race.
Lewis Hamilton: Starting from pole and getting thoroughly dusted by your supposedly slower team mate shows it takes more than a green liner in a yellow helmet.
Mercedes: Clever aero is not too much use if your car breaks and eats tires fast.
Rosberg: not so happy to have to chase "grandpa" Michael's times?
Force India: expected more out of Di Resta.
Mclaren: you blew the fuel calculations, seriously?
Massa: why postpone the inevitable, Indy car is calling.
Maldonado: could have scored points for the team, oh wait, he bought the team so he can stuff it in the wall if he wants to. Or maybe that voodoo doll Grosjean was playing with actually worked.
Check out our Australian GP Executive Summary after the jump
PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS The Australian Grand Prix Albert Park, Australia; 58 laps; 307.574km; Weather: Sunny. Classified: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1h34:09.565 2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 2.139 3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 4.075 4. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 4.547 5. Alonso Ferrari + 21.565 6. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 36.766 7. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 38.014 8. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 39.458 9. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 39.556 10. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 39.737 11. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 39.848 12. Rosberg Mercedes + 57.642 13. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 1 lap 14. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap 15. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps 16. Senna Williams-Renault + 4 laps Fastest lap: Button, 1:29.187 World Championship standings, round 1: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Button 25 1. McLaren-Mercedes 40 2. Vettel 18 2. Red Bull-Renault 30 3. Hamilton 15 3. Sauber-Ferrari 12 4. Webber 12 4. Ferrari 10 5. Alonso 10 5. Lotus-Renault 6 6. Kobayashi 8 6. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2 7. Raikkonen 6 7. Force India-Mercedes 1 8. Perez 4 9. Ricciardo 2 10. Di Resta 1 All timing unofficial