Welcome to F1Minute for the 26th March 2011.
Sebastian Vettel has taken the first pole position of the season with a storming lap around Albert Park to finish eight tenths above next place Lewis Hamilton and third place Mark Webber.
It wasn’t a surprise to find that Hispania fell outside the 107% qualifying rule, with both cars completing 11 laps but neither making it - and the FIA have confirmed that the cars won’t be allowed to race.
Surprise drop-outs included Nick Heidfeld in the Renault, who fell out of Q1, despite the fact Vitaly Petrov qualified sixth. Also, Rubens Barrichello made it through to the second session but spun his Williams after just a couple of corners and beached it in the gravel. He started 17th.
Paul di Resta outqualified teammate Adrian Sutil for Force India, whilst Kamui Kobayashi and Sébastien Buemi finished in the top ten for Sauber and Toro Rosso respectively. Whilst the top five were the usual suspects, the rest of the field is pretty mixed up and the race should be fascinating.
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References Adrian Sutil, Albert Park, Kamui Kobayashi, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber
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