Race
  Pos Driver Team Laps Pits
1 Vettel GER Red Bull 58 2
2 Hamilton GBR McLaren 58 2
3 Petrov RUS Renault 58 2
4 Alonso ESP Ferrari 58 3
5 Webber AUS Red Bull 58 3
6 Button GBR McLaren 58 3
7 Massa BRA Ferrari 58 3
8 Buemi SUI Toro Rosso 57 2
9 Sutil GER Force India 57 2
10 di Resta GBR Force India 57 2
11 Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso 57 3
12 Heidfeld GER Renault 57 2
13 Trulli ITA Team Lotus 56
14 d'Ambrosio BEL Virgin 54 2
Not classified
Glock GER Virgin 49 2
Retirement
transmission Barrichello BRA Williams 48 5
accident Rosberg GER Mercedes 22 1
suspension Schumacher GER Mercedes 19 3
water leak Kovalainen FIN Team Lotus 19
transmission Maldonado VEN Williams 9 0
Disqualified
Perez MEX Sauber 58 1
Kobayashi JPN Sauber 58 2
Not qualified
Liuzzi ITA HRT 0
Karthikeyan IND HRT 0

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Vettel lifts his trophy above his head and Hamilton receives a big cheer for second.

The Champagne sprays on the podium, great scenes as the sun sets at 18:45 local time.

A good first race as Red Bull admits it has not used KERS all weekend since a slight problem on Friday morning.

Lap 58

Two men of the race as far as I'm concerned - Petrov and Perez completely outperformed expectations. Of course Vettel and Hamilton were impressive, but we've come to expect that.

Four different cars in the top four positions, but there is no doubt about which one is fastest at this stage of the season.

Vettel punches the air as he gets out of his car - Kinky Kylie - while Hamilton has a look at the broken floor on his McLaren.

Vettel starts his final lap leading Hamilton by 19.6 seconds.

Alonso can only close the gap by a further 0.2 seconds on that last lap. It won't be enough.

Vettel wins by roughly 20 seconds - a great performance by the world champion.

Hamilton takes a very impressive second place and Petrov secures his first podium. Alonso fourth and Webber pulls off the track as soon as he crosses the line for fifth - equalling his best finish at his home grand prix.

Button takes sixth, ahead of a brillinat drive by Perez with one stop, Kobayashi in eighth, Massa in ninth and Buemi in tenth.

Lap 57

Alonso closes the gap to 1.6 with two laps remaining. He's on newer tyres but time is running out for him to make a move.

Lap 56

Petrov reacts to the threat from Alonso with a personal best, Alonso still takes 0.5 seconds out of him to close the gap to 2.2 seconds.

Lap 55

Massa gets past into turn one with the use of the rear wing. He takes ninth place.

Meanwhile Alonso is closing on Petrov with the gap down to 2.7 seconds with three laps remaining.

Lap 54

Five laps remain and Vettel leads by 14.1 seconds.

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  • Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez talk to the BBC after the race, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, April 1, 2011 An aerial view of the circuit, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, March 27, 2011 Drivers warm their tyres ahead of the start, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, March 27, 2011 Jenson Button tries to go round the outside of Felipe Massa, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, March 27, 2011
  • Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil run nose to tail, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, March 27, 2011 Vitaly Petrov gets a face full of champagne on the Albert Park podium, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, March 28, 2011 Red Bull's afterparty, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, March 27, 2011 Jenson Button jokes with photographers during the pre-season photoshoot, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, March 27, 2011
  • Lewis Hamilton compares his McLaren with Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, March 27, 2011 Sebastian Vettel leads Lewis Hamilton, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, March 27, 2011 Mark Webber puts two wheels on the astroturf, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, March 27, 2011 Jenson Button leans on the kerb at the exit of the final corner, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, March 27, 2011