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Hamilton turns Australian pole into victory - A crazy incident-filled race sees Lewis off to a good start

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Hi everyone, it’s the 16th March and this is F1Minute.

Lewis Hamilton got his championship challenge off to a great start by taking a lights to flag victory in Australia. Leading away from the grid, he managed to avoid the first corner carnage which saw Fisichella, Davidson, Vettel, Button and Webber all retire before they’d completed a single lap.

The retirements did not stop there. In one of the most incident packed races since Canada last year, only seven drivers actually made it to the chequered flag. Both Ferrari’s retired with engine trouble, Räikkönen’s non-finish compounding a bad day of mistakes trying to overtake other cars.

Timo Glock suffered a nasty accident when his Toyota was launched in the air over a bump in the service road. He is okay, a little bit winded at the time, and he left the circuit with a bandaged wrist.

The podium finishers were Hamilton, Heidfeld, and Rosberg. Bourdais picked up 8th place, despite retiring three laps from the end. Barrichello was disqualified, for exiting the pit lane through a red light, meaning Räikkönen did manage to pick up a single point.

That’s all for today, join me tomorrow for another F1Minute.