2013 AUSTRALIA GP: QUALIFYING POSTPONED

Nico Rosberg fastest in Q1
Qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix will continue from Q2 on Sunday morning, 01:00 Central European Time, becouse of torrential downpours in Melbourne. The decision to postpone the rest of the session was finally taken nearly two hours after qualifying had begun.

Nico Rosberg was fastest in a session with many crashes, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton lucky to escape an early spin. Felipe Massa hit the wall at turn 12 and somehow only suffered damage to the front wing and nose, but Esteban Gutierrez was not so lucky as he crashed at the same point at the end of the session. As a result Gutierrez dropped out alongside a frustrated Pastor Maldonado. Venezuelan driver said that FW35 is simply undriveable.

Both Caterhams had to be back to their garages without front wings after spinning into the barriers. Jules Bianchi led the rest of the rear pack in his Marussia, with the crashing Caterhams at the very back.
 P.    DRIVER               TEAM          TIME       GAP   
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG   1:43.380
 2. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari        1:43.850  + 0.470
 3. Romain Grosjean       Lotus          1:44.284  + 0.904
 4. Sergio Perez          McLaren        1:44.300  + 0.920
 5. Mark Webber           Red Bull       1:44.472  + 1.092
 6. Felipe Massa          Ferrari        1:44.635  + 1.255
 7. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull       1:44.657  + 1.277
 8. Jenson Button         McLaren        1:44.688  + 1.308
 9. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso     1:44.871  + 1.491
10. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes AMG   1:45.456  + 2.076
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus          1:45.545  + 2.165
12. Paul di Resta         Force India    1:45.601  + 2.221
13. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber         1:45.930  + 2.550
14. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso     1:46.450  + 3.070
15. Valtteri Bottas       Williams       1:47.328  + 3.948
16. Adrian Sutil          Force India    1:47.330  + 3.950
17. Pastor Maldonado      Williams       1:47.614  + 4.234
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber         1:47.776  + 4.396
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia       1:48.147  + 4.767
20. Max Chilton           Marussia       1:48.909  + 5.529
21. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham       1:49.519  + 6.139
22. Charles Pic           Caterham       1:50.626  + 7.246
107% time: 1:45.301