F1: Last place like a win for Jenson Button and McLaren

McLaren's Jenson Button yesterday said just finishing the Australian GP was a triumph of sorts as he remained upbeat despite coming in 11th and last. The three-time race winner wound up just outside the points for McLaren, but it was a starting point after a torrid time wrestling with an unresponsive car. "Today has been a good day. We're still a long way off, but this is a good starting point — I enjoyed the race," he said.

Jenson Button
Jenson Button 

Red Bull's Ricciardo slams 'boring race'
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo labelled the Australian GP "boring" yesterday after dominant Mercedes claimed first and second spots more than 30 seconds ahead of the field. "I feel a bit for the fans," said Ricciardo, who finished sixth in his Red Bull. "It was a boring race. It was frustrating. It wasn't the most exciting race."

Manor escape action for no show at Melbourne
Manor have avoided sanctions by the stewards after failing to take part in qualifying on Saturday for the Australian Grand Prix. The South Yorkshire-based marque were asked for a written explanation for their non-participation as a potential breach of one of the FIA's sporting regulations.

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