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Nic Ladds 28th Mar 2009 - 12:00

Button yourself up because Jenson's ready to fly

Confusion over diffusion? Not for Button as the Brit steals stunning Formula 1 Pole Position in Australia.

The British driver, who's career had almost come to an end in the summer after the demise of the team Honda, has put himself in the best possible position for a second career win, with a qualification time of 1:26.202 - Pole position.

The cheers of jubilation coming from the Button cockpit together with the smile on new sponsor - Richard Branson's face, can only mean the tactician that is Ross Brawn is having a spectacular debut weekend with his new team.

Brawn GP are priced at 3/1 2nd favourites for the Constructors Championship this year, preceded by Ferrari at 10/11 in the betting, McLaren at a tempting 8/1, should they improve on this weekend.

"The last five or six months have been so tough for both of us, not knowing if we had a drive in F1, so to put this on pole here is really amazing." beamed Button - a short price of 4/5 for the race win - after the Saturday sessions.

Brawn team-mate Rubens Barricello, 15/8 for a Melbourne win, will share the front row with the Brit after qualifying second on the grid with a time of 1:26.505.

World champion Lewis Hamilton will start in 15th after limping out of the action suffering from gearbox problems. Hamilton can be backed for the Melbourne victory at a huge 66/1 here at William Hill, 14/1 to be the first retirement of the race.

The defending champion did make it through, but was unable to make it back out onto the track for 'Quali-2' & was very much off the pace when the McLaren was working.

This follows a generally unsuccessful opening race weekend for McLaren after being up to two seconds off the pace in practice.

"There was no more drive in the gearbox, there is an issue there," Hamilton reported after the session.

"I don't know what it is, but we are working on fixing it - we will have to fix it or we won't be racing tomorrow. We will have some fun starting back there in 15th."

McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen will start only one spot ahead in P14 after showing the sort of pace which couldn't possibly have carried the Finn through to the final ten showdown in Saturday's qualification.

Kovalainen is priced at 125/1 reflecting the pace and problems surrounding the McLaren cars.

Red Bull's Sebastien Vettel managed to steal P3 on the grid, sharing the second row with BMW's Robert Kubica - proving that the new controversial diffusers on the Brawn GP, Toyota and Williams cars are very, very successful, if not questionable in their legitimacy.

Williams' Nico Rosberg is 16/1 for the Australia win after squeezing into P5, clocking a time of 1:26.973.

Home crowd favourite, Australian Mark Webber racing for Red Bull, is still recovering from the broken right leg suffered during a cycling accident, but did show promise in the Saturday sessions.

The likeable Aussie managed to line up in tenth spot for the season opener & we've priced him at 66/1. One to watch over the season as his driving will get stronger with recovery.

Thinking back to the end of last season when Hamilton claimed the Championship, delusions of madness could have been put forward to anyone who may have claimed that Jenson Button would be odds on favourite for the first grand prix of the season, with Hamilton at 66/1 in the betting.

With the new aero packages and retro style all-in-one diffusers, this year's championship has been blown wide open and surely the most mouth-watering of season's is projected for this year.

William Hill will be covering all the action with a variety of betting markets available on every grand prix over the coming season including driver match bets & race specials, along with the Drivers & Constructors betting updated with the latest news.

The Australian Grand Prix from Melbourne's Albert Park is live on BBC from 07:00 Sunday and opens another sensational F1 season.

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