Sebastian Vettel started the new Formula season in a pole position and maintained his lead through out the race. Vettel finished 22.2 seconds earlier than Lewis Hamilton, who won the race in 2008. Renault driver Vitaly Petrov finished third and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso settled behind him.
"Thank you boys. Fantastic race, really controlled. Thank you very much. Very cool. Excellent car. Excellent stops. We learned a lot from today, keep it mind," said Vettel after the race.
"We have to keep our feet on the floor. A lot of things can happen. It will be very close. With McLaren and Mercedes, even though they did not have the best day today. I don't like the word 'dominate' today because there is such a long way to go. The sun came out today. I was missing it all week and the car was perfect," he added.
The Formula One hero Michael Schumacher for Mercedes was forced to retire between the race after engine problems. The defending Australian Grand Prix winner Jenson Button was fined for his illegal overtaking move on Felipe Massa.