Congratulations to Jenson Button for storming to victory at the opening grand prix of the 2012 season and clocking up the fastest lap on the P Zero White medium tyres.
The McLaren driver notched up the 13th win of his career at the Australian Grand Prix, while team-mate Lewis Hamilton came in third.
One of the turning points of the race was a safety car on lap 36, which bunched up the field and allowed Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel to claim second place by passing Hamilton in the pits.
Up to that point McLaren’s tyre strategy had been working perfectly, with the team choosing to pit both cars on the same lap for their second stops just before the safety car.
When the safety car came in with only 16 laps to go, all the drivers – apart from the Toro Rossos – were on the P Zero White medium tyres.
At the restart, race leader Button demonstrated the rapid warm-up time of the medium compound even in the cool conditions of the afternoon by pulling out a second within the first sector, to eventually claim his third victory in Australia.
Vettel had adopted a completely different strategy by using the soft tyre during his medium stint.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team