I always plan grand things for these early races, like getting up early, making a cup of tea then settling on the sofa for the race. I woke up at 5:15am and decided it would be better to feed the cat then grab the iPad to watch the qualifying in bed.
A good thing about Sky is that I can use Sky Go, however, I was greeted with a technical fault screen and some elevator music. Twitter soon confirmed that this was a Melbourne TV compound problem. There was a grand thunderstorm going on and the track and the surrounding area were struggling with power cuts.
The back up generator and back up, back up generator both failed too, apparently.
Soon enough, though, we were up and running. But all that rain meant a delay to the first qualifying session. The wet weather meant, though, that we were going to get an exciting qualifying. It might mean that Vettel wouldn’t get pole!
Maldonado, Gutierrez, the Caterhams and the Marussias failed to make it past Q1. Both Caterhams lost their front wings running off track but despite this I thought they might out-qualify the Marussias, but at the last moment Bianchi and Chilton pipped them to the post.
There were a fair few offs on the wet track. Hamilton beached his car, Massa spun and amazingly managed to only damage his front wing and Gutierrez parked his car in the middle of the track after a spin.
1 Nico Rosberg – 1:43.380
2 Fernando Alonso – 1:43.850
3 Romain Grosjean – 1:44.284
4 Sergio Perez – 1:44.300
5 Mark Webber – 1:44.472
6 Felipe Massa – 1:44.635
7 Sebastian Vettel – 1:44.657
8 Jenson Button – 1:44.688
9 Jean-Eric Vergne – 1:44.871
10 Lewis Hamilton – 1:45.456
11 Kimi Raikkonen – 1:45.545
12 Paul Di Resta – 1:45.601
13 Nico Hulkenberg – 1:45.930
14 Daniel Ricciardo – 1:46.450
15 Valtteri Bottas – 1:47.328
16 Adrian Sutil – 1:47.330
17 Pastor Maldonado – 1:47.614
18 Esteban Gutierrez – 1:47.776
19 Jules Bianchi – 1:48.147
20 Max Chilton – 1:48.909
21 Giedo van der Garde – 1:49.519
22 Charles Pic – 1:50.626
We waited and we waited. We watched the medical car go round the track some more before it was decided that the rest of qualifying was going to take place tomorrow. Well, midnight tonight to be more accurate. That’s, UK time, folks.
I’m just not going to go to bed tonight…