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In the magazine: How Button conquered Australia
In this week's AUTOSPORT magazine, find out how Jenson Button turned the tables on his McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton after qualifying to begin the season with victory at the Australian Grand Prix

Jenson Button McLaren 2012 Australian Grand Prix

AUTOSPORT's experts were trackside in Melbourne for the first grand prix of 2012 to bring all the news, views and reaction from the 17th world championship race around the Albert Park circuit.

Mark Hughes paints a vivid picture of how Jenson Button capitalised on a great start to leapfrog his polesitting McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton and assume a lead he would keep to the end, as well as analysing all the key battles further down the field.

Technical consultant Gary Anderson – now also BBC F1's eyes and ears in the pitlane – reveals some of the subtle technical changes made to the cars. Full car-by-car lapcharts, practice/qualifying times, team-mate comparisons and full race results complement the story of the race.

For further insight from Melbourne, check out the news pages, in which we reveal McLaren's fuel blunder that prevented an even more dominant performance, as well as analysis of Romain Grosjean's remarkable comeback qualifying effort.

Mark Hughes column - Our grand prix editor explains how McLaren had the edge over Red Bull during the weekend, and how the reversal of fortune over 2011 may just give Sebastian Vettel the impetus he needs to get the Milton Keynes squad back to the front.


Malaysian GP preview - The sweltering sweepers of Sepang host the second GP of the year this weekend, so check out our full event preview, including TV/radio times, tyre choices and graphical review of the competitive order after round one.

Sebring 12 Hours - The 60th anniversary running of the Florida enduro marked the start of the all-new World Endurance Championship – the first sportscar 'world championship' since 1992. How fitting, then, that the dominant force of long-distance racing over the past dozen years took a one-two finish. Gary Watkins watched Audi's diesel R18 TDIs clean up.

GP2 season preview - Ahead of GP2's eighth season as the F1 feeder series, Glenn Freeman asks if it's still entitled to that status and reveals names and events to look out for during the year.

IndyCar season preview - Rubens Barrichello makes his debut in the US single-seater series this weekend. Mark Glendenning caught up with him ahead of the season opener on the streets of St Petersburg, and also details the drivers likely to lead the way in 2012.

Sports Extra - Our national motorsport team reports on the shocking news that Formula Renault UK will be cancelled in 2012 thanks to a lack of interest. It also picks out some of the club series to watch out for this season.

From the archive - Brazilian Carlos Pace, who lost his life in a light-aircraft crash 35 years ago this week, dragged his Surtees onto the podium at the Osterreichring at the 1973 Austrian GP. We recall how he did it.

Race of my life - German racer Volker Weidler looks back on being part of the trio that took Mazda to its only Le Mans 24 Hours success, with the rotary-engined 787B screamer in 1991.

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  FEATURES FROM MAR 22, 2012 - MAR 28, 2012
The 2012 GP2 Series grid guide
By Glenn Freeman
Sepang preview: Hacksaws no longer required
By Edd Straw and Sam Tremayne
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In the magazine: How Button conquered Australia
How van der Garde plans to 'do a Grosjean' in GP2
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Setting the scene for the Malaysian Grand Prix
By Edd Straw
Transatlantic trailblazers: The men who swapped F1 for the USA
By Mark Glendenning
The 2012 IndyCar Series grid guide
By Mark Glendenning
McLaren has the edge over Red Bull at Sepang
By Mark Hughes
Introducing IndyCar's new Dallara DW12
By Mark Glendenning
Six of the best: AUTOSPORT answers your Malaysian Grand Prix questions
By Edd Straw
David Coulthard's Malaysian Grand Prix preview
By David Coulthard
Five themes to watch for in Malaysia
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The complete Malaysian Grand Prix review
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Raikkonen: Why he can win races in 2012
By Tony Dodgins
We rate the drivers after the Malaysian Grand Prix
By Edd Straw
Perez ends Mexico's 41-year wait for a podium
By Michele Merlino
How Perez rocked F1 - but fell short of a famous win
By Adam Cooper
Behind the scenes at Sepang
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Why Alonso is keeping Ferrari in the hunt
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Bamber's Week
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