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Button takes pole position in Australia - Brawn GP lock out the front row in Melbourne

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Button takes pole position in Australia
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Welcome to F1Minute, it’s the 28th March.

One amazing qualifying session later, and we’re still just as confused as before. Jenson Button picked up pole position, beating teammate Rubens Barrichello by just three tenths of a second. Vettel was third and Webber back in tenth. Massa was 7th with Räikkönen 9th, but Hamilton starts from the back. He managed to scrape into the second session of qualifying, but was out of the car with a driveshaft problem. McLaren later confirmed they were changing the gearbox, which means a five place grid drop.

Elsewhere, if you thought the stewards had finished their investigations for the weekend, you’d be wrong. Toyota had their qualifying times scrapped, due to an illegal front wing. Boss John Howett said that the team would be working hard overnight to fix the problem, but it shouldn’t affect performance. And Williams lodged a protest against Ferrari and Red Bull – suggesting there was something amiss with their sidepods. However, after a couple of hours, they withdrew the complaint.

It’s all go and we haven’t even got to the racing yet.