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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 April 2006, 07:14 GMT 08:14 UK
Australian GP photos

Hollywood actor Eric Bana and Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso starts his day by meeting Australian Hollywood actor Eric Bana, star of the film Munich

Jenson Button leads from pole position at the start of the Australian Grand Prix

Jenson Button leads the field as the lights go out and the Australian Grand Prix gets under way

The first corner of the Australian Grand Prix

Button holds off Alonso at the start of the race as the two McLarens battle behind

Nico Rosberg's Williams, Felipe Massa's Ferrari and Christian Klien's Red Bull tangle at the first corner

A first-corner collision between Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa and Christian Klien brings out the first of four safety cars

Fernando Alonso takes the lead of the Australian Grand Prix

Button does not hold the lead for long - Alonso passes him on the first re-start

Jenson Button fends off Kimi Raikkonen early in the Australian Grand Prix

Button is left to fend off the advances of Kimi Raikkonen, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Mark Webber close behind

Michael Schumacher climbs through the debris fencing back to the pits after crashing in Melbourne

Michael Schumacher struggles badly in the early laps, finds some pace after his pit stop but crashes pushing too hard

Ralf Schumacher's Toyota finishes just ahead of Nick Heidfeld's BMW Sauber

Ralf Schumacher brings some smiles to Toyota faces as he ends their poor start to the season by finishing third

Jenson Button drops from fifth to 10th as his engine explodes on the final lap

Button's engine explodes into flames as he enters the pit straight for the final time and he is classified in 10th place

Fernando Alonso stands on his car in joy in parc ferme after the Australian Grand Prix

Alonso celebrates his second victory of the year and the 10th of his career

Fernando Alonso kisses the Australian Grand Prix winners' trophy

The Spaniard now has an already-daunting 14-point championship lead

Alonso puts Button in his place
02 Apr 06 |  Formula One

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