Australia Grand Prix – Qualifying: 7th

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Sebastian Vettel made the most of a drying track to beat Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber to pole for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Row four will be filled by the Lotus pair, Kimi Raikkonen ahead of Romain Grosjean.

Pos  Driver                Team                  Time            Gap   
 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault       1m27.407s          
 2.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault       1m27.827s  + 0.420s
 3.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes               1m28.087s  + 0.680s
 4.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari                1m28.490s  + 1.083s
 5.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                1m28.493s  + 1.086s
 6.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes               1m28.523s  + 1.116s
 7.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault          1m28.738s  + 1.331s
 8.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus Renault          1m29.013s  + 1.606s
 9.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes   1m29.305s  + 1.898s
10.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes       1m30.357s  + 2.950s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m37.641s                                   Gap **
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari         1m38.067s  + 1.873s
12. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m38.134s  + 1.940s
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m38.778s  + 2.584s
14. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m39.042s  + 2.848s
15. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes       1m39.900s  + 3.706s
16. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1m40.290s  + 4.096s
17. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m37.593s  + 2.024s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m47.330s                                    Gap *
17. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m47.614s + 4.234s
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m47.776s + 4.396s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth      1m48.147s + 4.767s
20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth      1m48.909s + 5.529s
21. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault       1m49.519s + 6.139s
22. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault       1m50.626s + 7.246s

Kimi Raikkonen – 7th: “It was an OK qualifying session. We had just one lap on the dry tyres and I got a bit sideways at the end on a damp patch which meant I lost some time so that was a bit disappointing. The car seems to be working well. It had the speed, but when you have only one lap on dry tyres on a damp circuit setting a fast lap is not the easiest thing to do. The weather seems to be changing very quickly, but we’ve seen that before in Melbourne. It’s the same for everybody and it will be in the race too.”

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