SEBASTIAN VETTEL of Red Bull took his second straight pole position of the season at Australia’s Albert Park earlier today. His Q3 time was 1:23.919, an average lap speed of 141.351mph.
Home favourite and Vettel’s team-mate Mark Webber completed an all Red Bull front row with a time of 1:24.035. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso – winner in Bahrain – qualified third with a time of 1:24.111.
World Champion Jenson Button was fourth fastest in his McLaren with a 1:24.675 lap. The remaining top 10 grid places will be filled by: Massa (Ferrari), Rosberg (Mercedes), Schumacher (Mercedes), Barrichello (Williams), Kubica (Renault) and Sutil (Force India).
Naughty boy Lewis Hamilton was knocked-out in Q2 and will start in 11th place. McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh said that Hamilton’s run in with the Melbourne police caused him to take his eye off the ball. The 2008 World Champion’s road car was impounded by the Melbourne police after he was spotted ‘driving improperly’ (wheel spinning) away from Albert Park after Friday practice. But when asked if this was the case, Lewis simply answered that he just wasn’t fast enough.
I can see both Red Bull’s getting to the first corner first and the pair of them engaging in their own private battle for the whole race. If Jenson or Lewis can’t win, then I’d like to see Mark Webber win. This is because no Australian has won the Australian Grand Prix while it’s been a part of the World Championship (1985 – present day). You have to go back to 1980 when the newly crowned World Champion Alan Jones won at Calder Park in the final round of the Australian Drivers’ championship.