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F1 Australian GP Qualifying Results

Hamilton grabs pole down under for the Australian GP

Qualifying for the first round of the 2012 Formula One season took place at a very sunny Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Most of the top drivers, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and current World Champion, Sebastian Vettel struggled to stay on track, all having excursions on the grass during Q1. Nico Rosberg set the pace with a time of 1:26:763 with 5 minutes to go, less than half a second separating the top 8.

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, struggled to make it anywhere near the top 10 and was 19th with a few minutes remaining. Surprise of the session was new kid on the block, Jean-Eric Vergne who briefly topped the time sheets, before being knocked off the top spot by Kamui Kobayashi with a 1:26:182

Drivers failing to make to make it out of Q1 were: Kimi Raikkonen, Heikki Kovalainen, Vitaly Petrov, Timo Glock, Charles Pic, Pedro de la Rosa, Narain Karthikeyan

Q2 saw Fernando Alonso add to Ferrari’s woes as he beached his car in the gravel at turn one, causing a red flag to the session with 8 minutes remaining. He failed to make it out again and with teammate Massa struggling, it was a day to forget for the Tifosi. With the track heating up, it was McLaren-Mercedes drivers, Hamilton and Jenson Button leading the way. But the pair of Mercedes drivers, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg left it late to knock the Brits off the top 2 spots, Rosberg setting a time of 1:25:469.

Knocked out in Q2 were: Jean-Eric Verne, Fernando Alonso, Kamui Kobayashi, Bruno Senna, Paul Di Resta, Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez

The battle for pole in the season opener in Q3 saw the Mercedes and McLaren drivers resume their battle from the previous session. Rosberg traded the top spot with Hamilton and despite a quiet qualifying from Vettel, he added to the fight along with team mate Mark Webber. With the chequered flag out, it was a McLaren-Mercedes one-two, Hamilton taking pole with a 1:24:922. Lotus Renault driver, Romain Grosjean stunned the field taking a last gasp 3rd.

Final Qualifying Result

1. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 24.922s
2. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 25.074s
3. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1m 25.302s
4. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 25.336s
5. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 25.651s
6. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 25.668s
7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 25.686s
8. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault 1m 25.908s
9. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 26.451s
10. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari no time Q3

11. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 26.429s
12. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 26.494s
13. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 1m 26.590s
14. Bruno Senna Brazil Williams-Renault 1m 26.663s
15. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 27.086s
16. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 27.497s
17. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari no time Q2

18. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 27.758s
19. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Caterham-Renault 1m 28.679s
20. Vitaly Petrov Russia Caterham-Renault 1m 29.018s
21. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 30.923s
22. Charles Pic France Virgin-Cosworth 1m 31.670s

23. Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth 1m 33.495s
24. Narain Karthikeyan India HRT-Cosworth 1m 33.643s

107 per cent time: 1m 32.214s