Australian GP: Vettel dominates in qualifying

Sebastian Vettel

It looks like another long year for Red Bull's rivals. Defending F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel dominated qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

Comfortably quickest in Q1 and Q2, then 0.8 seconds ahead of the rest of the field after the first Q3 runs were complete, Vettel demoralized the opposition. His lap of 1m23.529s secured the 16th pole of Vettel's Formula 1 career and was 8/10ths up on everyone else.

Lewis Hamilton denied Red Bull a front row sweep by getting his McLaren up to second on the final moments, pushing Mark Webber back to third.

Jenson Button completed the top four in the second McLaren, ahead of Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari.

Russian Vitaly Petrov, who does not get enough credit for just how good he is, took a superb sixth for Renault, while Nico Rosberg was seventh and his Mercedes teammate Michael Schumacher 11th.


1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1:23.529
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.307
3. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1:24.395
4. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.779
5. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari 1:24.974
6. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault 1:25.247
7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP 1:25.421
8. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 1:25.599
9. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.626
10. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:27.066
. Q2 . . .
11. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes GP 1:25.971
12. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:26.103
13. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.108
14. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1:26.739
15. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 1:26.768
16. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1:31.407
17. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth No Time
. Q1 . . .
18. Nick Heidfeld Germany Renault 1:27.239
19. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 1:29.254
20. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault 1:29.342
21. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1:29.858
22. Jerome d'Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 1:30.822
23. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth 1:32.978
24. Narain Karthikeyan India HRT-Cosworth 1:34.293

107% time: 1m31.266s

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