Button wins Australian Grand Prix

World champion Jenson Button has won his first Grand Prix for McLaren in Australia.

When asked about the victory, which comes in his second race after joining McLaren, Button said: "I thought it would take longer than this. A lot depends on what sort of car you come out of the box with."

Button's win at Albert Park has renewed excitement among the F1 fans who were unhappy after the uninspiring season-opener in Bahrain.

A spell of rain shortly before the start of the race, which forced teams to change to intermediate tyres, is said to have made the event dramatic.

Just seconds after the race began, Fernando Alonso hit Michael Schumacher's Mercedes and was out of the race, while Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel comfortably held on to first place.

At the end of lap five, a collision between BMW Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi and Williams' Nico Hulkenberg took the safety car out, enabling Button to enter the pits first.

Button's decision early in the race to switch to slicks proved to be inspirational as he managed to get into second place before Vettel suffered brake failure to bring an end to his race.

With Vettel's withdrawal, Button won the race for the second successive year in Melbourne.

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