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The stage is set for F1 qualifying

08/04/22

Saturday looks sure to break all records.

After a record Friday attendance, Saturday at Albert Park promises to be one of the best-ever, as teams and drivers prepare for the Formula 1® Heineken® Australian Grand Prix 2022.

The highlight of the day will be, of course, the fight for pole position for Sunday’s big race.

The speed shown by Ferrari on Friday suggest that they will be tough to beat, but last time out in Saudi Arabia, Sergio Perez snatched pole in the final seconds of the session for Red Bull Racing by a tiny 0.025s.

Daniel Ricciardo has aimed fairly and squarely at making the top 10 for qualifying with Friday’s result suggesting he has an excellent chance of making it there for McLaren.

Free Practice 3 will start at 1pm, with Qualifying due to kick off at 4pm.

In the support categories, the second and third Supercars races take to the track at 10:25am and 2:20pm respectively. Chaz Mostert triumphed in Race 1 on Friday, but Shane van Gisbergen’s sprint to third from the back of the grid suggest he will be hard to beat.

The Porsche Carrera Cup cars will race again, with much to play for after the two Friday races. Aaron Love held off Max Vidau for both of the wins, setting up an exciting storyline for the remainder of the weekend with Race 3 scheduled to start at 12 noon on Saturday.

Joey Mawson and Aaron Cameron fought out a thrilling S5000 race on Friday, and the open-wheelers are back for Race 2 late in the day at 5:15pm.

The third MSS Security Ultimate Speed Comparison closes off track proceedings at 5:45pm.

On Friday, Harry Bates took first blood in his Toyota Gazoo Racing rally car, just holding off Jamie Whincup’s Red Bull Ampol Racing Supercar.

There is plenty to see and do off the track as well, starting at 10:10am with a Tech Talk from Kate Reid, formerly an engineer with the Williams F1 team and the founder of two retail bakeries in Melbourne!

The Tech Talks continue throughout the day with the AGPC Sustainability Crew (12:40pm), ADF Recruiting at 2pm and Spee3d (3D printing with metal) from 3:45pm.

On the music front, DJ Jade Zoe takes to the stage (11:30am and again at 2:15pm), before DJ Kye at 5pm and DJ Nyxen at 6pm.

Aussie electronic music duo Peking Duk rounds out Day 3 with a performance not to be missed on the AusGP Sessions Main Stage at 7:15pm.

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