2014 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix - Qualifying

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Alonso and Vergne make up the third row, with Hulkenberg, Kvyat, Massa and Bottas completing the top ten
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Rosberg is third, with Magnussen fourth
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Hamilton takes pole position, three tenths ahead of Ricciardo
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What a thrilling finish to qualifying
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Hamilton steals the top spot with a 1:44.231!
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But Hamilton is improving...
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Ricciardo takes provisional pole in the Red Bull!
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Alonso improves to fifth position
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The chequered flag is out, but plenty of times to come
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Kvyat has damaged his front wing
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Hamilton briefly takes P1, before Rosberg moves clear on a 1:44.595
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Ricciardo goes fastest on 1:45.314
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Magnussen up to third in the McLaren
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Hamilton is also going quickly in the sister Mercedes
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Rosberg goes fastest of all through the first third of the lap once more
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Rosberg runs wide at Turn 9, having been four tenths up through the first sector
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Get set for a frantic finish...
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Intermediates for Hulkenberg
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Hamilton decides to stick with Wets
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Ricciardo is also in to switch tyres
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Massa heads out on the Intermediates
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Ricciardo says the Intermediate crossover is approaching
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Hamilton moves to the front on 1:45.335
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Hulkenberg jumps to third in the Force India
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Vergne is third, ahead of team-mate Kvyat
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Hamilton slots into second position
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Rosberg posts the first time in Q3, clocking a 1:45.550
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Alonso is the only driver on the Intermediates
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All 10 drivers on track in the first few minutes
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Confirmation from race control that DRS is disabled in these conditions
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Both are on Wets, with the rain getting heavier over the past few minutes
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Rosberg and Ricciardo are the first drivers out
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The final shootout is go!
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Magnussen will be delighted to beat Button, while Alonso and Ricciardo also get crucial early qualifying victories over their team-mates
06:42
Out in Q2: Button, Raikkonen, Vettel, Sutil, Kobayashi and Perez
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Vergne and Kvyat also sneak in, demoting Button
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He doesn't make it! Vettel is out
06:42
Vettel rounds the final few corners...
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Magnussen gets himself into Q3 with a late improvement
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Will they be affected by Raikkonen's stricken Ferrari?
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The chequered flag comes out, but plenty of drivers are still on laps
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Raikkonen has hit the wall at Turn 3
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Times are coming thick and fast...
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Rosberg now leads with a 1:42.264
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Ricciardo moves one tenth clear in the Red Bull
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Alonso goes fastest on 1:42.805
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Kvyat jumps to third for Toro Rosso
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With just under two minutes left on Q2 the clock, Magnussen, Raikkonen, Vettel, Perez, Sutil and Kobayashi are in the drop zone
06:37
Bottas back in P1 with a 1:43.852
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Massa finds more speed to go second
06:36
Most drivers have come back in for a fresh set of Intermediate tyres
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Conditions are improving all the time...
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Ricciardo now moves clear with a 1:44.031
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Button takes the top spot on 1:44.437
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Toro Rosso's Vergne goes fourth fastest
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Hulkenberg up to third in the Force India
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Ricciardo splits the Silver Arrows
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Hamilton is now quickest on 1:44.662, just under three tenths clear of Rosberg
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Alonso briefly leads, before the Mercedes drivers storm clear
06:32
Bottas suffers a spin at the first corner
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Ricciardo laps in 1:45.655 to retake P1
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Bottas now moves to the front on 1:45.689
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Ricciardo goes quickest with a 1:46.646
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As expected, lots of sliding and steering wheel corrections in these conditions
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Massa is second, from Vergne and Hamilton
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After a flurry of early times, Rosberg leads on 1:46.708
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Kvyat and Kobayashi are the only drivers to put on Wets
06:26
Plenty of cars heading out, all on the Intermediate tyres
06:25
The second qualifying phase begins
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There will be a short break between sessions
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Kobayashi encouragingly sneaks into the second phase for Caterham
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Although he missed out on Q2 by such a small margin, Chilton will be pleased to have out-qualified team-mate Bianchi
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Out in Q1: Chilton, Bianchi, Gutierrez, Ericsson, Grosjean and Maldonado
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The chequered flag comes out. Q1 ends
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"We'll use it only as a balance check for tomorrow," his race engineer confirms
06:17
Gutierrez heads out on the Intermediate tyres, surely just to gather data
06:15
Everyone back in the pits. That shower will almost certainly seal the Q2 runners
06:13
Grosjean runs into the gravel again as the conditions deteriorate
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The rain is falling extremely heavily now
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Maldonado has an off-track moment at Turn 3, but manages to recover
06:11
Umbrellas are going up in the grandstands
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"There are rain drops coming now," reports Vettel
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Despite his mistake, Alonso improves to fourth
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Chilton, Bianchi, Gutierrez, Ericsson, Grosjean and the aforementioned Maldonado are currently in the drop zone
06:10
Maldonado, the only driver yet to post a time, heads back out
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Alonso has a massive lock-up at the first corner
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"The cockpit is getting very hot," says Button over the radio
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Grosjean takes a trip through the gravel trap between Turns 13 and 14
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The German goes sixth, a long way down on pace-setting team-mate Ricciardo
06:07
Vettel clips the wall on the exit of Turn 10, but appears to escape without damage
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Alonso pits, switching from Mediums to Softs
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Ricciardo takes P1 with a 1:30.775
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Soft tyre-shod Magnussen moves to the front on 1:30.949
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The Red Bulls are also on the Soft tyres
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Massa, on Softs, goes quickest on 1:31.549
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Hamilton delivers the first time of the session, lapping in 1:31.699
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The Mercedes drivers, on Medium tyres, head onto their first flying laps
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Plenty of action in the early minutes, with drivers keen to avoid potential showers
06:00
Q1 gets underway in Melbourne!
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Plenty of cars, led by the Mercedes duo, are queuing at the end of the pits
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Very dark clouds as the start of qualifying approaches...
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The detection points comes shortly before the apex of Turn 14, with the activation areas following along the main straight and between Turns 2 and 3
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In terms of DRS, there are two zones controlled by one detection point
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Pirelli has brought its Soft (Yellow) and Medium (White) tyres to Australia
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Finally, the drivers making it through to Q3 will get a free set of Softs and must start the race on the tyres they used in Q2, which remains at 15 minutes
05:52
Those two minutes will be added on to Q3, to allow for an extra timed run
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Q1, where six drivers will be eliminated, now lasts for 18 minutes
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Now attentions turn to qualifying, which has changed slightly this season
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But Hamilton, in the sister W05, did not post a time on the Soft compound tyre
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Nico Rosberg was the man on form for Mercedes in final practice, lapping 1.391 seconds clear of nearest rival and McLaren driver Jenson Button
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It's still cloudy and windy at Albert Park, with a threat of rain during the session
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Welcome to live coverage of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix!