That's what happened in the season-opening series in 2012, when 22 riders started the new competition at the Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne, Australia, as witnessed by the reporter detiksport M. Resha Primary, Sunday (03/18/2012).
Two riders from the team Hispania Racing Team (HRT) does not meet the minimum speed requirement in the qualifying session, so that Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan just be a spectator in this first race.
Button appears strong at the start, beating the pole position holder who is also his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, at the first corner the early laps. The aging Michael Schumacher also get a good start, poke into third place.
There was an incident between a rider nudge in the back row, including Bruno Senna a twist in the middle of the track after being hit by Daniel Ricciardo. But the most unfortunate was Romain Grosjean. Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado was headed in the second lap, which makes it spilling into the gravel, and straight out. Grosjean miserable comeback moment, but it is the start number three.
Vettel enough to overtake seamlessly with Nico Rosberg to fifth on lap two. The defending champions move up one level on lap 10, after Schumacher wide into the gravel, into pitstop and did not continue the race because there is damage to the gearbox in his Mercedes.
Meanwhile, McLaren began to show its strength. They are within 10 seconds on the occasion of the first pitstop, Hamilton pursued when Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) and Sergio Perez (Sauber).
Tighter battle going on between Vettel, Alonso, Rosberg, Mark Webber, and Maldonado. Webber ssejauh it managed to fix the bad start because of contact with Nico Huelkenberg, which makes the Force India driver was immediately out on the first lap.
Safety Car had entered the track thanks to Vitaly Petrov on the edge of breaking down the track. Vettel opportunity was used to change a tire, and he managed to move closer to the Button and Hamilton, who at SC had just come out to the pitstop.
However Vettel did not give too much pressure on Button, who managed to spur their vehicles better. He then was overtaken to finish, repeat the success in Australia as champion in 2009 and 2010.
In the rear, said the fight between Perez and Kamui Kobayashi, plus Rosberg and Raikkonen. Meanwhile Felipe Massa struggled to perform three times a pitstop but eventually retired because there is damage to the car once touched by Senna.
Ricciardo get his first points in F1, at home anyway, with a finish in ninth place. Paul di Resta donated a number of achievements for Force India at position 10. Raikkonen marked his comeback by occupying the seventh place.
Australia GP results:
1. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1h34: 09 565
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 2100
3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 4000
4. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 4500
5. Alonso Ferrari + 21 500
6. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 36 700
7. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 38 000
8. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 39 400
9. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 39 500
10. In Resta Force India-Mercedes + 39 700
11. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 39 800
12. Rosberg Mercedes + 57 600
13. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 1 lap
14. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap
15. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps
16. Senna's Williams-Renault + 4 laps