Red Bull cast an ominous shadow on the Australian GP by locking out the front row after dominating today’s qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix.
Despite the will of a massive home crowd, Webber couldn’t topple his team-mate from top spot, despite posting the quickest sector times in the first and final sectors of the lap.
The track temperature took a dip in the final qualifying session, and with the exception of Fernando Alonso, no one could touch the Adrian Newey designed RB6’s in final qualifying, with the Red Bull duo finishing a massive 0.6s quicker than a fourth-placed Jenson Button.
Felipe Massa finished fifth-quickest in the final session, just fractions quicker than the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher – the younger German again out-pacing his elder statesman, but this time by just four-hundredths of a second.
One surprise exit from Q2 was none other than Lewis Hamilton, who was unable to optimise a decent qualifying strategy that saw him abort his first Q2 run and suffer graining on his second run.
The ignominious honour of being the sole ‘experience team’ runner to join the rookie outfits in the usual Q3 elimination fell to Renault Vitaly Petrov on this occasion – the Russian battled horrible oversteer on this last-ditch effort and this was not enough to save him from the drop-zone.
As expected, HRT again occupied the last row of the grid, but in spite of their relative lack of running, they managed to set times within 6 seconds of the fastest Q1 pace and within a second of Timo Glock’s Virgin Cosworth that lies ahead of them on the grid.
2010 Australian GP Qualifying Times:
|1.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing||1:24.774||1:24.096||1:23.919|
|2.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing||1:25.286||1:24.276||1:24.035|
|6.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes GP||1:24.788||1:24.788||1:24.884|
|7.||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes GP||1:25.351||1:24.871||1:24.927|
|10.||Adrian Sutil||Force India||1:25.504||1:25.046|
|12.||Sébastien Buemi||Toro Rosso||1:26.061||1:25.638|
|13.||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Force India||1:26.170||1:25.743|
|14.||Pedro de la Rosa||Sauber||1:26.089||1:25.747|
|17.||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso||1:26.095||1:26.089|
|21.||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||1:29.592|
|22.||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin Racing||1:30.185|
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