19 Mar 2012

Button wins again in Melbourne

7:21 am on 19 March 2012

Jenson Button hailed a big boost for McLaren after his Australian formula one Grand Prix victory in Melbourne yesterday wiped away the early season struggles of the last two years.

32-year-old Button, the 2009 world champion, won his third race in four years at Albert Park, outpacing the world champion Sebastian Vettel, with Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber close up in third and fourth places.

Button says his victory and Hamilton's pole position at Albert Park puts them in a great position for the next few races.

It was the Englishman's 13th career victory, and he is the first driver other than Vettel to lead the championship since the German won the first of his two titles for Red Bull in 2010.