Australian Grand Prix: Despite 1,000 point milestone, no cheers for Jenson Button and Mclaren

The two championship points in Melbourne took Button to 1001 career points. Team principal Martin Whitmarsh, while praising the performances of his two drivers in difficult conditions, bemoaned McLaren's inauspicious start to the new season.

updated: March 17, 2013 16:05 IST
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Melbourne, Australia: British team McLaren limp towards next weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix after taking just two points out of the Formula One season opener in Melbourne on Sunday.

Nothing went right for the eight-time world constructors' champions in this weekend and their number one driver Jenson Button could only finish ninth behind race winner Kimi Raikkonen in a Lotus.

McLaren were well off the pace in practice and qualifying and Button was well down the field throughout the 58-lap Melbourne race, while Mexican teammate Sergio Perez was out of the points in 11th.

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