Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber locked out the front row for the Australian Grand Prix in the delayed final session of qualifying this morning.
The duo were significantly faster than the opposition, Vettel clocking a 1:27:407 with Webber a sizeable four-tenths down on his team-mate. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was 3rd after a shoddy qualifying session that came good on his final attempt, out-qualifying his new stablemate Nico Rosberg who had set the pace for much of the morning.
Felipe Massa slipped his Ferrari into 4th ahead of 2012 runner-up Fernando Alonso, the difference just 0.003 between the Scuderia machines who were chased by Rosberg, Raikkonen, Grosjean and Paul Di Resta, who finally managed to get ahead of his own team-mate Adrian Sutil.
McLaren took several gambles during Q2 and Q3, Jenson Button leading the field on tyre choice in the tricky damp conditions before the dry line arrived and rendered his MP4/28 a blunt instrument once again; he starts 10th. Sergio Perez was the first man to go for dry tyres in Q2 but he couldn’t make them work, inexplicably pitting to fit another set of super-softs rather than reverting to the intermediate favoured by everyone else. He couldn’t improve his time and will start the race later today from 14th place.
Nico Hulkenberg and Adrian Sutil were 11th and 12th, ahead of the Toro Rosso’s of Jean Eric Vergne (who is acquiring a reputation as something of a wet-weather specialist) and Daniel Ricciardo. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas was 16th fastest and slowest of all.
Results of yesterday’s aborted Q1 can be found here.
|1||Sebastian VETTEL||Red Bull||1:27:407|
|2||Mark WEBBER||Red Bull||+0.420|
|9||Paul DI RESTA||Force India||+1.898|
|12||Adrian SUTIL||Force India||1:38:134|
|13||Jean Eric VERGNE||Toro Rosso||1:38:778|
|14||Daniel RICCIARDO||Toro Rosso||1:39:042|