Buemi scores points in Formula One opener

Swiss newcomer Sébastien Buemi has scored two points by finishing seventh in the season-opening Formula One race in Melbourne on Sunday.

This content was published on March 29, 2009 - 11:48

Driving for Toro-Rosso, Buemi became the first Swiss since Marc Surer in 1985 - and the fourth-youngest driver in history - to win a point on the Formula One circuit.

Buemi overtook three other drivers shortly after the start and moved up to eighth only three laps from the end when Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica collided, taking both out of the race.

Buemi was then promoted to seventh after the race by the stewards, who penalised Toyota's Jarno Trulli for overtaking under safety-car conditions.

The Australian Grand Prix was won by Britain's Jenson Button, ahead of Brawn teammate, Brazil's Rubens Barrichello.

The Brawn team, which made its debut in Melbourne, was the big story of the day. It was the first time a new team has won its first race since Wolf in 1977, and the first since Mercedes in 1954 to take the top two positions.

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