16 Mar 2012

Drivers love Albert Park to open F1 season

11:32 am on 16 March 2012

Formula One drivers have given the Australian Grand Prix a unanimous vote as the ideal race to kick-start the season.

In the face of the annual public debate over the value of the event, world champions joined local hopes Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo in a show of support for Melbourne.

McLaren's British driver Jenson Button, who won in Melbourne in 2009 and 2010, says the Australian race is without doubt the best season-opener.

Practice starts Friday with qualifying Saturday.