Saturday, 26 March 2011

Australian Grand Prix Qualifying - 26 March 2011

The first qualifying session of 2011 took place in the early hours of this morning (UK time).

Vettel easily set the fastest time of the session, almost a second quicker than anyone else, and then went out again, setting another lap which was almost as quick again!

Second quickest was Lewis Hamilton, who just edged out Mark Webber - the Australian not being able to benefit from the support from fans at his home Grand Prix.

Interestingly, both drivers on the front row claimed they were without KERS for their quickest laps due to technical issues.

Further down the order, Nick Heidfeld fell at the first hurdle, failing to progress beyond Q1. His team mate Vitaly Petrov will line up alongside Fernando Alonso on the grid in sixth.

Rubens Barrichello spun on his first timed lap of Q2. Unable to drive out of the gravel trap, his afternoon was cut short, qualifying 17th.

It was a fairly successful day for the British drivers, with Jenson Button lining up directly behind team mate Hamilton in fourth place.
New boy Paul di Resta will line up 14th for Force India, two places ahead of his experienced team mate Adrian Sutil.

Sutil dramatically spun on the last corner of what would likely have been his fastest lap.
This will raise concerns over the DRS system (adjustable rear wing), as when the German opened his wing through the last corner, he lost the rear end and spun - but did well to keep his car away from the wall.

In tomorrow's race, the DRS will be available on the penultimate straight, the final corner and then down the start/finish straight.

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