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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

It is much worse: Ferrari's Fiasco

Felipe Massa summed up Ferrari’s woes on Saturday after a dismal qualifying session for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.

“I am very disappointed,” he said. “This is not the start I expected this season or that I hoped for. It is much worse…”

Massa qualified 16th on the grid for the season-opening race, a full second slower than his team-mate, twice champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who spun off but took 12th on the grid.

McLaren Versus the Rest: How your team fared - Saturday

McLaren

Result:

FP3 – Hamilton P1, Button P4

Qualifying – Hamilton P1, Button P2

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Hamilton needed just one run in Q3 to set a pole time that was over three-tenths of a second quicker than anyone other than Button, setting up the first 1-2 on the grid for the world champion duo since they became teammates in 2010. On the evidence of Saturday, the one-lap pace McLaren lacked last year to take the fight up to Red Bull has been found – and found in spades.

Ricciardo’s red-letter day

Daniel Ricciardo’s high-wattage smile was shining even brighter than usual as dusk descended on the Albert Park paddock on Saturday evening, and for good reason.

On his first race weekend at home and in his first race for Scuderia Toro Rosso, the 22-year-old West Australian qualified inside the top 10 on his Melbourne debut – and his pre-race goal of a points finish now looks a distinct possibility.

Never give up' pays off for Romain

Most people thought returning world champion Kimi Raikkonen would be the main man for Lotus this season.

Not today, he wasn’t.

Another man coming back to F1, Romain Grosjean, upstaged his illustrious team-mate when he qualified third behind McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

Grosjean, 26, took part in seven Grands Prix in 2009 for the team then known as Renault but went back to the feeder GP2 category to complete his apprenticeship – and duly won the title.

McLaren Throw Down the Gauntlet

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button delivered convincing evidence of McLaren's resurgence on Saturday when they filled the front row of the grid for Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Both men drove with a sense of confidence in their MP4-27 car and great purpose as they clocked the two fastest times on an afternoon of dramatic action at Albert Park.

McMahon blitzes Group A&C Touring Cars opener

Carey McMahon has crushed his opposition in the opening Group A&C Touring Car Revival race at the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

While a number of his peers started spearing off and scraping each other from the get-go, the polesitter blazed a trail and completed the eight-lapper at Albert Park with a huge 6.026-second cushion over second-placed Luke Ellery to make it a Nissan Skyline 1-2.

Day 3 of the 2012 Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix

More than 80,000 fans passed through the gates at Albert Park today as the sun shone over Day 3 of the 2012 Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

The action on track heated up as the F1 cars had their final practice session and the first qualifying session of the 2012 season. Brit Lewis Hamilton from the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team qualified fastest in a thrilling end to qualifying and will have pole position for tomorrow’s race.

Hamilton heads all-McLaren front row

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton grabbed pole position for the Formula One Qantas Australian Grand Prix after a searing lap in qualifying at Albert Park on Saturday afternoon.

The 27-year-old Briton recorded a lap of 1min 24.992secs to edge teammate Jenson Button by 0.152secs for an all-McLaren front row – the first time the two world champions have monopolised the front row together at McLaren.

The pole was the 20th of Hamilton’s career in his 91st race, and was his first since the Korean Grand Prix of 2011, the only race last season where a Red Bull wasn’t on pole.

Winterbottom secures hat-trick

Mark Winterbottom continued his winning ways in the MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge, maintaining a perfect record in the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix.

After winning the opening two races, the Ford Performance Racing driver took out a shortened Race 3 on Saturday afternoon. Originally scheduled for 20 laps, the race was Red Flagged after a Turn 3 pile-up on the opening lap.

Pye relishing Speed Comparison experience

Young gun Scott Pye is in a unique position at the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix – he’s racing a V8 Supercar against a Mercedes-Benz roadcar and a McLaren Formula 1 car.

Pye is one third of the popular Ultimate Speed Comparison at this year’s event. In a TeamVodafone V8 Supercar, Pye is taking on motorcycle racing legend Mick Doohan in a Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series and F1 test driver Gary Paffett in one of last year’s Vodafone McLarens in the long-running Albert Park feature.

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