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Posted on: Sunday, March 14, 2010

Auto racing: Alonso marks Ferrari debut with Bahrain victory


Associated Press

SAKHIR, Bahrain Fernando Alonso has won the Bahrain Grand Prix in his debut for Ferrari, leading the team to a 1-2 finish in Formula One's season-opening race.

Alonso passed teammate Felipe Massa at the second corner after the start on Sunday. He then overtook pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel on the 34th lap for a lead he would never relinquish.

Massa passed Vettel soon after to claim second on his return to racing after a life-threatening crash last July in Hungary.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton overtook Vettel at the same spot to finish third ahead of the Red Bull driver.

Nico Rosberg was fifth. Mercedes teammate Michael Schumacher, who started seventh, was sixth in his first race in three years.

Defending F1 champion Jenson Button finished seventh.