The second round of the 2010 Formula One World Championship gets underway today with qualifying for tomorrow’s race. After the processional event in Bahrain a fortnight ago, qualifying is ever more crucial with limited chances for the cars to overtake. However, as always with the Melbourne venue, the safety car should also be considered when working out the strategy. Bridgestone have supplied their soft and hard compounds for the race weekend.
After a downpour during the second free practice session on Friday, the BBC are reporting qualifying should be precipitation-free. However, clouds are gathering over the Albert Park lake in Melbourne and it wouldn’t be completely unprecedented to have a rain shower for the Australian Grand Prix qualifying session.
As the first session closed, the BBC noted rain started to lightly fall in the paddock. No rain fell on the track though and it looks as though the poor weather affecting Melbourne this weekend will avoid the Albert Park lake for qualifying.
For more information on the Australian Grand Prix, please visit BlogF1’s dedicated page: Australian Grand Prix.
|1.||Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing||1m24.774s||1m24.096s||1m23.919s||19 Laps|
|2.||Mark Webber Red Bull Racing||1m25.286s||1m24.276s||1m24.035s||20 Laps|
|3.||Fernando Alonso Ferrari||1m25.082s||1m24.335s||1m24.111s||22 Laps|
|4.||Jenson Button McLaren||1m24.897s||1m24.531s||1m24.675s||19 Laps|
|5.||Felipe Massa Ferrari||1m25.548s||1m25.010s||1m24.837s||24 Laps|
|6.||Nico Rosberg Mercedes||1m24.788s||1m24.788s||1m24.884s||26 Laps|
|7.||Michael Schumacher Mercedes||1m25.351s||1m24.871s||1m24.927s||24 Laps|
|8.||Rubens Barrichello Williams||1m25.702s||1m25.085s||1m25.217s||20 Laps|
|9.||Robert Kubica Renault||1m25.588s||1m25.122s||1m25.372s||23 Laps|
|10.||Adrian Sutil Force India||1m25.504s||1m25.046s||1m26.036s||24 Laps|
|11.||Lewis Hamilton McLaren||1m25.046s||1m25.184s||13 Laps|
|12.||Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso||1m26.061s||1m25.638s||17 Laps|
|13.||Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India||1m26.170s||1m25.743s||19 Laps|
|14.||Pedro De La Rosa Sauber||1m26.089s||1m25.747s||15 Laps|
|15.||Nico Hulkenberg Williams||1m25.866s||1m25.748s||17 Laps|
|16.||Kamui Kobayashi Sauber||1m26.251s||1m25.777s||16 Laps|
|17.||Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso||1m26.095s||1m26.089s||16 Laps|
|18.||Vitaly Petrov Renault||1m26.471s||10 Laps|
|19.||Heikki Kovalainen Lotus||1m28.797s||9 Laps|
|20.||Jarno Trulli Lotus||1m29.111s||8 Laps|
|21.||Timo Glock Virgin Racing||1m29.592s||8 Laps|
|22.||Lucas Di Grassi Virgin Racing||1m30.185s||8 Laps|
|23.||Bruno Senna Hispania Racing||1m30.525s||10 Laps|
|24.||Karun Chandhok Hispania Racing||1m30.613s||10 Laps|