Vettel Heads Red Bull 1-2 in Australia Qualifying

March 27, 2010

Sebastian Vettel scored his second pole position of the season in Australia this morning, topping the timesheets in all three rounds of qualifying and just pipping teammate Mark Webber by a tenth of a second.

The weather may have been dismal, but the young German was on fire, setting a time of 1:23.919. Webber had set the provisional time early on in Q3, but just four minutes in Vettel set the fastest first two sectors of anybody, and despite being on the ragged edge in the final sector, managed to edge ahead of his teammate, who had hoped to score pole in front of his home crowd.

Fernando Alonso, who snatched the win off Vettel last time out in Bahrain, set the third fastest time, with reigning champion Jenson Button completing the second row in fourth, even though the McLaren was three-quarters of a second off the pace of the Red Bull.

Button’s teammate, Lewis Hamilton, who had his Mercedes roadcar impounded last night after being pulled over by the Australian police for ‘over-exhuberant’ driving, failed to get into the top ten shoot-out, and will start tomorrow’s race from eleventh on the grid.

Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg make up the third row of the grid, with Massa fifth and Rosberg sixth, once again ahead of his seven-time world champion teammate, Michael Schumacher, who will start seventh. Schumacher’s former Ferrari teammate, Rubens Barrichello will start alongside him on row four, in eighth, while Robert Kubica and Adrian Sutil round out the top ten in ninth and tenth respectively.

Hamilton set the fastest time of the Q2 drop-outs, ahead of Sebastien Buemi, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Pedro de la Rosa, Nico Hulkenberg, Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari in 12th down to 17th. Vitaly Petrov in the Renault joined the new teams, bowing out at the end of Q1. Heikki Kovalainen was the fastest of those drivers for Lotus, taking 19th, ahead of his teammate Jarno Trulli, who soldiered through Q1 with a loose seat. Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi will start 21st and 22nd for Virgin, with Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok on the back row of the grid for HRT.

Where a second or two used to cover the entire grid, it is spaced out even more this season, with three-quarters of a second between first and fourth, and the HRT team at the back of the grid, some seven seconds off the pace of the front runners during Q1.

The Australian Grand Prix is often one of the most exciting races of the season, with turns one and two normally claiming its victims early on. The weather could also play a part in the race, as rain may well have its say.

The race starts live on BBC1 at 7am tomorrow.



  1. After following Webber’s career for 7 years now, here’s hoping that nothing beyond his control intervenes to prevent him winning in front of his home crowd.

    From the back, which is were the interest lies, it looks like Lotus F1 are to be the best of the news teams for the rest of your after the shenanigans at Virgin Racing.

    Oh, and don’t forget to put your clock forwards! (Which means it’s the equivalent another 5am wake up call!)

    Ciao Bella!

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