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Monday, March 30, 2009
Jenson Button Wins
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Jenson Button Wins The Australian Grand Prix

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - Driving his new Brawn Mercedes, Jenson Button won the Australian Grand Prix yesterday in Melbourne, Australia. Button converted his earlier qualifying pole position into a chequered-flag win on the Melbourne circuit, and it was a seal of approval of the Mercedes-Benz / Brawn partnership in terms of its technical prowess. The Brawn team also took second place, a 1-2, with Jenson's team mate Rubens Barrichello finishing second. 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton finished third in his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. It was a very close finish as there was less than two seconds between first and third place.

Yesterday's Australian Grand Prix was a total of 58 laps and the race distance was 307.574 kms (192.25 miles). Jenson led the race from start to finish and it was an excellent outcome for him, especially since the Brawn team struggled during the last few months to find a new powertrain supplier and a major sponsor for the team. Richard Branson's Virgin Group came through in the end as the Brawn team's key sponsor, and Mercedes-Benz offered their F1 engine to the team.

Last year's Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, started the Australian Grand Prix back in the pack, with a qualifying position of 18th. Hamilton's third place position was also an excellent finish considering from how far back he had worked himself up to the front of the field. Hamilton said the following about his race, "We scored way more points than we could have realistically expected. I was looking to try and get one point, so to get six is a great achievement. We've definitely not forgotten how to win: our strategy was perfect and the team did a fantastic job. Considering the package we've got, I wrung every last ounce of pace out of the car, drove one of my best ever races and absolutely raced my heart out.- I'm so satisfied. Also, my heartfelt congratulations to Jenson - he's driven brilliantly all weekend and both he and his team really deserve this success."

Hamilton's third place finish was awarded to him after the race, as at the finish line, Jarno Trulli crossed in third place, and Hamilton in fourth, but the Race Stewards decided that third should be awarded to Hamilton. This was because Trulli had gone off the track during the second safety car period, and Hamilton had let him past to regain position.

Jenson Button is an excellent racing driver, a businessman, admired by the world's women, has an eye for fashion, and to top it all off, he is a genuine personality who makes a great effort to speak with his fans. theirEarth took this photo of Jenson at the 2008 World Music Awards.

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