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Nic Ladds 27th Mar 2011 - 8:55

Vettel rules the F1 roost, Vitaly shows Renault's class

Sebastian Vettel owned the Australian Grand Prix from start to finish on Sunday and as 4/5 favourite to retain his title, has thrown down the gauntlet for the season ahead.

The defending 2010 F1 world champion was unstoppable at Albert Park, and honoured his 10/11 backers with a stunning drive building up a lead of a couple of seconds after the first lap alone.

Lewis Hamilton of McLaren managed to hold on to P2, even though his barge board appeared to loosen, hindering the McLaren with a third of the race remaining.

Hamilton (7/2 Drivers Championship) was all smiles after the race, "just glad I was able to bring the car home" said the former champ, "It's a real great result, the guys will be chuffed with that"

The P2 for Lewis means the pressure is already on the Red Bulls (1/2 Constructors' Championship) and McLaren (7/2 Constructors' Championship) will be happy with a hot weekend in Melbourne.

The biggest winner of the weekend though has to be the Renault (66/1) team and driver Vitaly Petrov (50/1) who, in only his second season, bagged a first podium with P3.

P4 went to Ferrari's Fernando Alonso (11/2 outright) while Aussie favourite Mark Webber (8/1 outright) netted P5.

P6 was Jensen Button who had to suffer a drive-through penalty after under taking a Ferrari, Button finished just ahead of another future star...

Sergio Perez (200/1 F1 championship outright) deserves more than a mention, the Sauber driver managed to score 6 championship points on his F1 debut with a P7 finish,

Alongside Paul di Resta (500/1 F1 championship outright), these two look a thrilling prospect for the future of the sport.

P8 was claimed by the other Sauber, Kumui Kobayashi (150/1 F1 championship outright), followed by Felipe Massa P9 (66/1) and Sebastian Buemi (500/1) who notches up 1 point for STR Ferrari with a nice P10.

It was a bad day in the office for Mercedes GP (25/1 F1 Constructors' Championship), who had 0/2 finishes, Schumacher and Rosberg both retiring.

The next stop on the calendar is Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysian Grand Prix, where Vettel beat Webber in 2010.

Will we see a repeat result? Will the Ferrari's get back in the mix?

Bet now on your 2011 champion !



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