Australia Grand Prix – Qualifying: 7th
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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