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Button takes McLaren to F1 win in Melbourne


McLaren's Jenson Button won the Formula One Australian Grand Prix on the weekend, after dodging crashes around him

World champion Button took the lead on lap 26 when pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel skidded off the track, and held on to win his first GP since switching to McLaren for 2010.

Brit Button had started fourth on the grid, and opted for an early change to slicks that proved crucial.

Button beat Renault's Robert Kubica by 12.034 seconds, claiming a surprise second place ahead of Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso finished fourth after recovering from a collision on the first corner.

The top four finishers all successfully gambled on driving the final 50 laps without changing their soft tyres, while those behind them made another stop for fresh rubber.

Mercedes Nico Rosberg was fifth, ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

Mark Webber finished ninth at home, behind Force India's Vitantonio Liuzzi in seventh and Williams' Rubens Barrichello in eighth.

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher took the final point, finishing 10th for Mercedes.

Alonso leads the drivers' championship with 37 points, ahead of Massa on 33 and Button on 31.

The first corner, notorious in Melbourne for its accidents, saw its fair share of action. Alonso was squeezed between Button and Schumacher and spun the wrong way, facing the oncoming traffic.

The Spaniard was forced down to 18th place after lap one, while Schumacher was forced to pit with front wing damage.

A couple of bends later Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi slid off the track with a piece of debris under his front wheels.

Unable to control the car, he drove at full speed into Toro Rosso's Sebastian Buemi and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg, ending their races.

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