Alonso’s engine starts season on a high

2010-04-01 11:54

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso got his season off to a

cracking start with victory over Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa.

In a keenly-anticipated opener featuring four champions, three new

teams, five rookie drivers and new rules that banned mid-race refuelling, Alonso

delivered the 22nd win of his career on a sizzling hot day.

The Spaniard took full advantage of the bad luck that hit

pole-sitter German Sebastian Vettel when his Red Bull car suffered an exhaust

failure and lost power after leading for the first 34 laps of the 49-laps


Vettel finally finished fourth with Briton Lewis Hamilton third for


The race also marked the return of 41-year-old Michael Schumacher,

who ended his comeback in sixth.

Standings: Alonso 25pts, Massa 18, Hamilton 15

Australian Grand Prix - March 28

Reigning world champion Jenson Button took the chequered flag in

his McLaren-Mercedes on the Albert Park street circuit in Melbourne, reaping the

rewards of an early switch to dry tyres.

The Briton led for the second half of a compelling race, seizing on

brake failure for Vettel mid-race to storm to a 12-second victory over Renault’s

Robert Kubica with Massa 2.4 seconds away in third.

Alonso followed up his Bahrain triumph with fourth ahead of

Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg and McLaren’s Hamilton.

Seven-time world champion Schumacher was never in contention and

finished 10th, just behind Australian hope Mark Webber in his Red Bull.

Standings: Alonso 37pts, Massa 33, Button 31

Still to race

Malaysia Grand Prix - April 4

Chinese Grand Prix - April 18

Spanish Grand Prix - May 9

Monaco Grand Prix - May 16

Turkish Grand Prix - May 30

Canadian Grand Prix - June 13

European Grand Prix - June 27

British Grand Prix - July 11

German Grand Prix - July 25

Hungarian Grand Prix - August 1

Belgian Grand Prix - August 29

Italian Grand Prix - September 12

Singapore Grand Prix - September 26

Japanese Grand Prix - October 10

South Korean Grand Prix - October 24

Brazilian Grand Prix - November 7

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - November 14

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