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Sebastian Vettel takes a dominant victory for Red Bull in Melbourne // Vettel gets his championship defence off to a fabulous start

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Hello and welcome to F1Minute for the 27th March 2011.

Sebastian Vettel converted his pole position into a dominant victory in Melbourne today, joined on the podium by Lewis Hamilton and Vitaly Petrov. Vettel led from the word go and had a relatively quiet afternoon, whilst Hamilton had some floor damage but he managed to nurse the car home for a podium position.

Mark Webber had a difficult day although for no real apparent reason, whilst Jenson Button spent most of his afternoon battling with Massa which cost him in terms of pace.

Further back, Sauber had a good Grand Prix, finishing seventh and eighth with Pérez ahead of Kobayashi, but after the race the FIA confirmed they had disqualified both cars for a technical infringement regarding the rear wing. Sauber announced their intention to appeal but it may be a while before we see any result either way.

Retirements included both Williams cars and both Mercedes contenders too, all with mechanical troubles. Heikki Kovalainen and Timo Glock also did not finish the race, although Glock did return to the track many laps down.