Daily Archives: March 16, 2013

Melbourne qualifying descends into farce – Q2 and Q3 postponed until Sunday morning

The 2013 Formula 1 season has suffered a stunted start, as the final two sections of qualifying have been pushed back to Sunday morning because of heavy rainfall in Melbourne.

However, it was not just an open-and-shut case. Today’s qualifying session was underway for two hours, but the cars only left the garages for 20 minutes in total. The session was delayed no less than 6 times, and eventually a lack of sunlight forced the session to end.

Q2 and Q3 will take place at 11:00 local time (midnight UK time), with the race taking place 6 hours afterwards.

Q1 did eventually take place, with several drivers crashing during the session. Giedo van der Garde, Felipe Massa, Esteban Gutierrez and Charles Pic all lost their front wings, while Lewis Hamilton spun into the barriers at Turn 2 and damaged his rear wing.

Drivers knocked out of Q1:

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 – 1:50.526