The Reigning Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel took the pole position in Melbourne earlier today during an interesting qualifying round held on the same day as the race.
The first qualifying session was held on a track damp from morning rain. In the second qualifying session all teams, except for McLaren’s Sergio Perez, thought on slicks might be a better gamble. The final qualifying session was on a dry track with slick tires for all teams.
Vettel claimed the 37th pole of his career, and his third in four years at Albert Park.
“It definitely wasn’t easy in those conditions,” Vettel said. Needless to say he did much better in dry conditions on the softer slicker tires.
Under the F1 rules, the top 10 drivers must start with the tires they finished qualifying on, meaning early pit stops will be required as the super-soft slicks are unlikely to last more than a handful of laps.
Red Bull came out strong for qualifying .Hamilton was sandwiched at #3 in between team Red Bull and Alonso and Fernando from team Ferrari. Nico Rosberg isn’t far behind his teammate, qualifying #6 between Ferrari (#4 and #5) and Lotus (#7 and #8). Rounding out the top ten are Force India’s Paul Di Resta and Jenson Button driving for McLaren.
The top teams are not surprises, I’m still pulling for Hamilton to take the checkered flag, but we will see soon! Who is your pick.
It should be a dry course today with mostly cloudy conditions. Any moisture on the track will make for an interesting strategy as teams must adjust to the conditions accordingly.
Qualifying top ten
1. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull – 1:27.407
2. Mark Webber – Red Bull – 1:27.827
3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:28.087
4. Felipe Massa – Ferrari – 1:28.490
5. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:28.493
6. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:28.523
7. Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus – 1:28.738
8. Romain Grosjean – Lotus – 1:29.013
9. Paul Di Resta – Force India – 1:29.305
10. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:30.357