Australian Grand Prix photos
Some Australians really love their F1 and Melbourne gives itself over to the grand prix in the week of the race. But with Fernando Alonso starting only fifth, will these enthusiasts see their dreams come true on Sunday?
World champion Sebastian Vettel makes one boy's day as he arrives at the track. The German took pole position by a staggering 0.8 seconds and looks in a strong position for the race
BBC F1 commentator David Coulthard won twice at Albert Park. Sunday is his 40th birthday - but he looks a little equivocal about the cake made for him by race organisers
Coulthard looks much happier as he takes a trip down memory lane with Mercedes sports boss Norbert Haug, who presented him with an album of photos from his F1 career
The expressions on the faces of Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso during the traditional drivers' photograph suggest they know their chances of challenging Sebastian Vettel are slim
Who needs Kers anyway? Vettel floors it and powers away from the field at the start of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Melbourne's Albert Park Circuit
A frustrated Jenson Button dives up the inside of Felipe Massa's Ferrari in a manoeuvre that lands the Briton a pit-lane drive-through
It's a drive in the park for Vettel as he keeps the pursuing Hamilton at a comfortable distance
Hamilton was encouraged by the McLaren's basic speed, but his race was compromised by damage to the car's undertray
Vitaly Petrov confounds his critics with a superb drive, climbing three places to score a first F1 career podium
Sauber's Sergio Perez said he would not forget his debut after finishing an impressive seventh. The team's subsequent disqualification made it more memorable still
Vettel savours an ominously straightforward victory. A successive world championship may be beckoning for the young German
Three classic hand gestures on the podium from Hamilton, Vettel and Petrov: peace, people power and thumbs up respectively
Vettel takes the traditional F1 celebrations on the chin after a race which, from his point of view, could hardly have gone any better
Just a drinks company? Vettel with trophy, trademark finger pose and team-mates. No doubt Mark Webber is in the crowd somewhere.