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HRT not allowed to race in Australia

Neither HRT will start the Australian GP

Neither HRT will start the Australian GP

HRT will not race tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix after failing to qualify.

The troubled team failed to qualify within the 107% rule by over a second, and the stewards threw out their request to take part in the race.

This is the second year a row that HRT have failed to qualify for the first race of the season. Narain Karthikeyan, who was 1.4 seconds off the 107% rule, blamed DRS and hydraulics failures on his F112:

"I didn't have the DRS working and had issues with the power steering, so we 
could have easily been in.

The DRS alone is worth about nine tenths [of a second], and the power steering 
is virtually non-existent, it's almost impossible to drive. I think the problem 
is that the hydraulics are getting so hot, the viscosity of the fluid is thinner."

Interestingly, Karthikeyan also claimed the team would struggle massively in Malaysia. He cited cooling issues on the F112, combined with Kuala Lumpur’s extreme temperatures, as the reason for this.


Hamilton back on top in Australia qualifying

The 2012 F1 season’s first qualifying session kicked off with a bang, as Lewis Hamilton will start on pole position for the Australian Grand Prix. Teammate Jenson Button was a tenth of a second behind, resulting in a McLaren 1-2. Romain Grosjean took a very impressive 3rd, while Nico Rosberg ruined his final lap and will start 7th. Here is the full report:


Raikkonen's mistake left him 18th

Raikkonen's mistake left him 18th

Timo Glock’s Marussia kicked off the first qualifying session of 2012.

Sebastian Vettel felt the need to go out early, running onto the outside kerbs during his lap, followed by Lewis Hamilton. Fernando Alonso was badly held up by a HRT as he attempted to set a flying lap.

The two McLarens tussled for several laps, before being beaten by Nico Rosberg. Many midfield teams soon felt the need to take on the soft tyres, as the Force Indias escaped the drop zone.

Felipe Massa put on the soft tyres, and yet was only 16th. Kimi Raikkonen made a mistake on his final lap, and incredibly was out of Q1. Both Caterhams were 19th and 20th, while Timo Glock was ahead of Charles Pic. Both HRT cars were miles outside of the 107% rule.

Drivers knocked out in Q1:

18) Kimi Raikkonen  Р1:27.758

19) Heikki Kovalainen – 1:28.679

20) Vitaly Petrov – 1:29.018

21) Timo Glock – 1:30.923

22) Charles Pic – 1:30.670

Outside 107% rule:

Pedro de la Rosa – 1:33.495

Narain Karthikeyan – 1:33.643


Felipe Massa's dismal pace left him 16th

Felipe Massa's dismal pace left him 16th

Paul di Resta’s Force India kicked off Q2. Vettel was the first to break the 1:26 barrier, but was quickly beaten by Lewis Hamilton.

The red flag put an end to this battle, though. Fernando Alonso was the latest driver to make a mistake, spinning into the gravel at Turn 1. The Spaniard was already 6th fastest, but would have no further part in the session.

As the green flag went out, Rosberg went in front of the McLarens, with Schumacher only a tenth behind. Romain Grosjean was an impressive 5th, while Mark Webber only went 7th.

Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo jumped into the top 10, shoving Alonso down to 12th, with Massa a disappointing 16th. Sergio Perez failed to set a lap time.

Drivers knocked out of Q2:

11) Jean-Eric Vergne – 1:26.429

12) Fernando Alonso – 1:26.494

13) Kamui Kobayashi – 1:26.590

14) Bruno Senna – 1:26.663

15) Paul di Resta – 1:27.086

16) Felipe Massa – 1:27.097

17) Sergio Perez – No time


It's a McLaren 1-2 followed by Grosjean

It's a McLaren 1-2 followed by Grosjean

Nico Rosberg was the first out of the pits on used option tyres. However, due to a mistake in the final sector, he ended up behind Vettel, Schumacher and Button.

Lewis Hamilton’s time of 1:24.922 set the benchmark for the final set of runs. Mark Webber was next up, setting a 1:25.651 to put him second – for the moment.

In the final two minutes, 9 of the frontrunners set one more fast lap, with Ricciardo opting to stay in the pits.

A lock-up at Turn 3 ruined Rosberg’s chance of pole, leaving him 7th. Michael Schumacher took 4th, while Romain Grosjean shocked the entire paddock by snatching 3rd.

The battle for pole position was between the two McLarens. Button’s time of 1:25.074 was just off Lewis’ previous time, leaving the McLarens 1st and 2nd for the race tomorrow. Mark Webber pipped his teammate by 0.017 seconds for 5th.

Pastor Maldonado did well to qualify half a second ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, with Daniel Ricciardo saving a set of options for tomorrow’s race.

Schumacher tops Australian second practice

Schumacher topped another rain-affected session

Schumacher topped another rain-affected session

Michael Schumacher put Mercedes on top of second practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

Like first practice, this session began wet, but slowly dried out over the afternoon.

As the track was even wetter than before, there was very little dry running for the teams. Schumacher pipped Nico Hulkenberg by a tenth of a second near the end of the day.

Sergio Perez spun his Sauber into the gravel at Turn 14, but was able to continue. Mark Webber, Jean-Eric Vergne, Heikki Kovalainen and Daniel Ricciardo all had off-track moments in the tricky conditions.

Marussia improved well compared to FP1. Timo Glock managed 12th, just behind the Red Bulls, and ahead of the McLarens.

However, HRT had another dismal session. Pedro de la Rosa did a single installation lap, while Narain Karthikeyan was 13 seconds off the pace after 16 laps. The team struggled massively with hydraulic problems.

Kamui Kobayashi had a spectacular end to the session, weaving manically for control exiting the final corner before spinning 180 degrees.

Times from FP2:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
 1.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                1:29.183          16
 2.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    1:29.292  +0.109  19
 3.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari          1:30.199  +1.016  23
 4.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1:30.341  +1.158  13
 5.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          1:30.709  +1.526  14
 6.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1:31.466  +2.283  13
 7.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1:31.505  +2.322  14
 8.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault        1:31.932  +2.749  16
 9.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1:32.184  +3.001  17
10.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1:32.194  +3.011  19
11.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1:32.296  +3.113  20
12.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth       1:32.632  +3.449  17
13.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault        1:32.767  +3.584  15
14.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1:32.822  +3.639  11
15.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1:33.039  +3.856  18
16.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        1:33.252  +4.069  11
17.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault        1:34.108  +4.925  21
18.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault           1:34.275  +5.092   7
19.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault        1:34.312  +5.129  17
20.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:34.485  +5.302  29
21.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:34.604  +5.421  31
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth       1:34.770  +5.587  13
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth            1:42.627  +13.444 16
24.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth                               1

Button ends Australian first practice on top

Button started off his season well

Button started off his season well

The 2012 Formula 1 season kicked off this morning in Melbourne, with Jenson Button finishing the first practice session on top of the timesheets.

Massa ended the session in the gravel trap

Massa ended the session in the gravel trap

Lewis Hamilton completed a McLaren 1-2, going 0.2 seconds off his teammate’s pace.

The session began wet, catching out Nico Rosberg on his out lap. However, the track soon dried out, and the last half hour allowed for use of the slick tyres.

After half an hour, HRT’s only car for FP1, being driven my Narain Karthikeyan, stopped out on track with an engine issue. Pedro de la Rosa’s car was still being assembled during the day, and has been granted immunity from scrutineering by the FIA.

Kimi Raikkonen spent most of his day in the pits complaining of steering problems. He eventually made it out to set 8 laps, finishing 9th.

Felipe Massa touched the grass of Turn 9 under braking, and spun into the gravel trap. His teammate, Fernando Alonso, held a slide on his Ferrari on his final lap at the last corner. So far the F2012 appears to be a handful for both drivers.

Times from FP1:

 1.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:27.560           11
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1:27.805  +0.245   14
 3.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1:28.235  +0.675   17
 4.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1:28.360  +0.800   21
 5.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1:28.467  +0.907   21
 6.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1:28.683  +1.123   22
 7.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:28.908  +1.348   23
 8.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1:29.415  +1.855   16
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1:29.565  +2.005    8
10.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1:29.722  +2.162   26
11.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:29.790  +2.230   21
12.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1:29.865  +2.305   17
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1:29.881  +2.321   18
14.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault       1:29.953  +2.393   21
15.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1:30.124  +2.564   22
16.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1:30.515  +2.955   16
17.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault       1:30.586  +3.026   16
18.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1:30.743  +3.183   11
19.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:31.178  +3.618   17
20.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault       1:31.983  +4.423    8
21.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth      1:34.730  +7.170    8
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth      1:40.256  +12.696  11
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           N/A                 3
24.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth           N/A                 0

Two DRS zones for Australia

Melbourne will feature double DRS next week

Melbourne will feature double DRS next week

The first Grand Prix of the 2012 season in Melbourne will see the use of two DRS zones.

The first zone will be similar to last year. The detection zone will be located at Turn 14, while the activation zone will be down the start/finish straight.

However, the second zone activates almost immediately afterwards, from Turns 2 to 3.

Unlike several double DRS zones last year, these two activation points have separate detection areas.

Red Bull moving closer to KERS for Malaysia

Red Bull will probably need KERS to continue their dominant form in Malaysia

Red Bull will probably need KERS to continue their dominant form in Malaysia

After ditching the device during the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Red Bull are becoming more confident of using KERS next weekend in Malaysia.

After reliability concerns, the KERS unit was removed from Vettel’s and Webber’s cars after Friday Practice. However, it made little difference to their crushing pace, as Vettel dominated from pole to flag.

With a longer pit straight in Sepang, not using the innovation would be a large disadvantage to the Milton Keynes outfit.

While last week’s decision as more precautionary rather than anything more serious, Christian Horner says that his team is now more confident with KERS:

"We ran the system on Friday it ran without any real issue, and it was purely based 
on a lack of mileage on the system that our confidence was relatively low.

I think now, armed with that mileage, and having inspected all the components, our 
confidence has grown - and hopefully if it runs well on Friday in Malaysia it will 
make its race debut during the Malaysia weekend.

It didn't hurt us too much at the last race, but it is, you have to remember, a free 
extra 80 horsepower, so over a lap it's effectively free lap time of anything between 

Obviously the motivation and desire is to have it onto the car as quickly as possible, 
but we won't compromise the performance of the car or the potential reliability of the 
car if we feel that the system isn't race-sturdy yet."

Sauber drop appeal against disqualification

Sauber's disqualification will stand

Sauber's disqualification will stand

Sauber have announced that they are not to appeal their team’s disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix.

Both their drivers had done well to get into points-scoring positions, but the stewards have since ruled that the C30’s rear wing contained illegal sections. It has been confirmed that a radius on the upper rear wing element was several millimetres outside of the regulations.

Despite claiming that Kobayashi and Perez gained no advantage from the rear wing, Sauber have decided to go with the stewards’ decision. Technical director James Key stated:

"It did not bring us any performance advantage, but the fact is that it was a 
deviation from the regulations. We take note of the stewards' decision.

We have since found that there was an error in the checking process for the 
relevant dimension on this component. We have already put measures in place to 
ensure that nothing of this kind occurs again in the future."


Australian Grand Prix stats and facts

The 2011 Formula 1 season got underway yesterday, which brought the inaugral podium for a Russian driver. More stats and facts from last weekend:

  • Sebastian Vettel took his 3rd Grand Prix victory in a row, taking into account last year’s Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix. If he had won the 2010 Korean race, he would have had 5 wins in a row, which would have earned him joint 4th place in the record books.
  • Red Bull’s 16th race win means they have as many as Cooper, and one less than BRM. This also means that the team have won 14% of all races they have entered since 2005.
  • This is the 94th time Jenson Button has finished in the points – exactly as many as Kimi Raikkonen.
  • This is the 19th Formula 1 season that Rubens Barrichello has started. Graham Hill, the previous record holder, had started 18.
  • Vettel’s pole position lap of 1.23.529 was the fastest lap ever around the Albert Park circuit.
  • Felipe Massa’s 13th fastest lap – his first since Monaco 2009 – has given him as many as Jacky Ickx, Alan Jones and Ricardo Patrese.
  • Sergio Perez would have been the 70th driver in history to score a point in his first race, but that record has been transferred to Paul di Resta after both Saubers were disqualified.
  • Mark Webber’s torrid form in Australia continues. His highest finish continues to be the 5th place he attained in 2002, when he was driving a Minardi.
  • Hispania’s drivers have been the first drivers to not qualify for the race since Alex Yoong (Minardi) in Germany 2002.
  • Lewis Hamilton’s 72nd race means he now holds joint 1st place for “Longest F1 career driving for a single team” with Jim Clark.
  • Vettel’s 11th win puts him equal with Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa and Jacques Villeneuve. His 16th pole position is as many as Kimi Raikkonen and Stirling Moss.
  • This race had 5 world champions competing together, which is as many as back in 1970. Back then, Jac Brabham, Denny Hulme, John Surtees, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart all raced with world titles.
  • Australia hosts the F1 season opener for the 14th time in 2011.
  • Pirelli’s last win in F1 was back in 1991 in Canada, when Nelson Piquet won with a Benetton.

Vettel untouchable in Australian GP

Vettel carves out a lead at the start

Vettel carves out a lead at the start

Sebastian Vettel took a completely dominant victory in the Australian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton made it to the flag in 2nd, after struggling with a damaged car, while Vitaly Petrov shocked the paddock by taking his first ever podium. Here is the report from the first race of 2011:

Vettel retained his lead at the first corner, while Hamilton came under huge pressure from Mark Webber. Vitaly Petrov and Felipe Massa made stunning starts to progress to 4th and 5th. Michael Schumacher and Jaime Alguersuari pitted for repairs at the end of Lap 1, while Sebastian began to carve out a huge gap to Hamilton behind.

Massa soon came under huge pressure from Button behind. Lap 3 saw the first attempt at a DRS overtaking move, but Felipe’s plentiful supply of KERS kept him ahead.

Paul di Resta, who leapt up to 10th at the start, was soon taken by Sebastien Buemi, and then pressurised by his team-mate Sutil. Button and Massa continued to tussle lap after lap, which allowed Fernando Alonso to catch up to the duo, after losing several places at the start. Pastor Maldonado became the first retirement on Lap 12, pulling over to the side of the track.

Button made a move on Massa, but cut a chicane and illegaly got past. However, before he was able to give the position back, Alonso overtook Massa as well, meaning the McLaren had to cede position to both Ferraris. However, he initially refused to give way, stating that he had track position.

Webber pitted for hard tyres, while Alonso stopped for softs. Up front, Lewis began catching Sebastian, as the Red Bulls tyres began to fade. Vettel pitted on Lap 14 in response, for the softer compound.

His actions soon caught up to Button, as he was awarded a drive-through penalty for failing to give way to Alonso and Massa. He took the lead during the pit stop battles, but was overtaken beautifully by Vettel, showing that his racing prowess has certainly improved over the winter. Hamilton pitted one lap later, but failed to jump the Red Bull.

Button eventually pitted on Lap 20, and soon came under pressure by the still-duelling Force Indias. Heikki Kovalainen,Timo Glock and Michael Schumacher all soon fell prey to reliability problems.

Rubens Barrichello, charging throught he field after his disastrous qualifying, soon caught up to Nico Rosberg in 8th. He failed to activate his DRS quickly enough, so he tried a KERS-assisted move at Turn 3. However, he braked way too late and hit the side of the Mercedes. Nico retired with sidepod damage, while the Williams pitted for a new front wing.

Onboard with Barrichello as he takes out Rosberg

Onboard with Barrichello as he takes out Rosberg

Button gained hugely from this incident, and progressed back into the points. He quickly made the first DRS-assisted pass of 2011, muscling past Kamui Kobayashi.

Webber surprised many by pitting early for the soft tyre again on Lap 27. Alonso followed him in on the next lap. Barrichello’s race was well and truly ruined when he received a drive-through for his accident with Rosberg. Hamilton’s pace in 2nd began to struggle, after his undertray became damage, and the McLaren started to lose downforce.

The race leader soon began to lose pace, and pitted for his final set of tyres, the harder compound. Petrov pitted also, but failed to pass Webber for 3rd.

Alonso soon got close to Webber, but wasn’t close enough to utilise his DRS. Mark soon pitted, confirming his use of the 3-stop strategy, and releasing the Ferrari into 3rd. Fernando soon pitted, and emerged ahead of the Red Bull.

Mark tried to fight back, but with the Red Bull not seeming to have a useable KERS system, he was unable to pass the Ferrari. His DRS kept him within range, but Fernando’s liberal use of KERS on the main straight kept him ahead.

Doubt over the DRS system was slightly allayed by Jenson Button passing Massa for 5th place using the device a few laps later. Sergio Perez, having only made one stop, soon began harassing the Ferrari for position.

Petrov fully deserved his first ever podium

Petrov fully deserved his first ever podium

Sebastian Vettel was left unchallenged all race to take the race win, 12 seconds ahead of Hamilton, who carried his broken undertray all the way to the finish. Vitaly Petrov held off Alonso to take his first ever podium, while Mark Webber pulled over after crossing the line, suggesting a problem with the car.

Button was 6th, while Sergio Perez had a wonderful drive to take points in his first ever F1 race. Felipe Massa took 9th ahead of Sebastien Buemi. Sutil and Di Resta just missed out on points for Force India.

While the DRS system didn’t have as big an impact as expected, it still allowed for several passes, and should be more effective in later races with longer straights. Vettel was in dominant form every lap of the race, and Petrov proved himself to be a huge talent with his podium finish.

Vettel dominates Melbourne qualifying

Sebastian Vettel was completely unrivalled to take the first pole position of the 2011 season in Melbourne, Australia. He will be joined on the front row by Lewis Hamilton, while Mark Webber was 3rd. Ferrari struggled, Sutil and Barrichello spun out, while neither HRT even qualified. Read the full story here…


Heidfeld was the high-profile casualty of Q1

Heidfeld was the high-profile casualty of Q1

Vitaly Petrov was the first driver out of the garage. Use of the hard tyre meant he was limited to a 1.29 lap. D’Ambrosio, Trulli and Kovalainen all were off the pace, setting 1.32 and 1.33s. Timo Glock went faster, but was held up by one of the HRT drivers.

Narain Karthikeyan got the first flying lap in with the new HRT car, was 11 seconds off the pace. The first frontrunner to go out, Sebastian Vettel, set a 1.26.657, while Webber was 0.05 seconds off his team-mate. His next lap slashed three quarters of a second off that time on the harder tyre.

Vettel soon improved, but was beaten by Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian went faster again, but with both McLarens 2nd and 3rd, serious improvements had been made from testing.

Onboard cameras revealed that Michael Schumacher didn’t seem confident using the DRS and KERS system exiting the corners. Nevertheless he went 5th, behind the Red Bulls and McLarens. His team-mate Rosberg promptly beat Schumacher by one tenth.

Kamui Kobayashi sprung a surprise by leaping up to 3rd place, sliding around the track in his typical fashion. Sergio Perez soon joined him in 4th.

Both Ferraris surprised everyone by being forced to switch to the soft tyres early. 11th and 12th positions for Alonso and Massa showed the team were badly off the pace.

Felipe Massa and Nick Heidfeld tussled to survive Q1, with the German losing out. However, Massa was only able to improve to 11th on the softer tyre, indicating the Brazilian is still badly struggling.

Both HRT drivers were well outside the 107% rule, and it is doubtful as to whether they will even start the race.

Drivers knocked out in Q1:

18) Nick Heidfeld – Renault

19) Heikki Kovalainen – Lotus

20) Jarno Trulli – Lotus

21) Timo Glock – Virgin

22) Jerome D’Ambrosio – Virgin

23) Vitantonio Liuzzi – HRT (Outside 107%)

24) Narain Karthikeyan – HRT (Outside 107%)


Buemi got sideways several times on his way to Q3

Buemi got sideways several times on his way to Q3

Q2 saw Jaime Alguersuari be the only driver leaving the pits at the start. However, before he even set a lap, the double yellow flags were out. Rubens Barrichello spun after hitting the grass at Turn 3, and was beached in the gravel.

Most cars returned to the pits and wait for green flags. Both Red Bulls had damaged their sets of soft tyres, and would have to conserve them on their next flying laps.

Once the green flags were out, Lewis Hamilton had a huge lock-up on his way to a 1.25.5 lap time. Team-mate Button quickly went half a second faster, before Vettel took P1 by another 8 tenths.

The Ferraris were still well off the pace, with Alonso and Massa 4th and 6th, and up to 1.5 seconds off the Red Bull’s time.

Kamui Kobayashi went 7th with 3 minutes to go, while rookie Maldonado failed to get into the top 10. Petrov leapt up to 6th, while Adrian Sutil had a spectacular spin at the final corner. He activated his DRS too early, and spun and lost his only chance at a flying lap.

Michael Schumacher pushed hard, but fell by several hundreths of a second, and only went 11th.

Drivers knocked out in Q2:

11) Michael Schumacher – Mercedes

12) Jaime Alguersuari – Toro Rosso

13) Sergio Perez – Sauber

14) Paul di Resta – Force India

15) Pastor Maldonado – Williams

16) Adrian Sutil – Force India

17) Rubens Barrichello – Williams


Vettel took pole ahead of Hamilton and Webber

Vettel took pole ahead of Hamilton and Webber

Oddly enough, no driver went out at the start of the session. Hamilton again made a huge lock-up at Turn 3, but set a 1.24.5, as Button went 3 tenths away from Lewis. Vettel amazingly smashed the McLaren’s time by nearly an entire second, and Webber struggled hugely, 8 tenths off his team-mate.

Sebastien Buemi did well to progress to Q1, but never matched the frontrunners. With 3 minutes to go, only Ferrari were out on track. Massa spun as he exited the pits, due to a loss of tyre temperature, while Alonso was forced to abandon his first flying lap run.

When he got up to speed, a lacklustre final sector left him 5th. Sebastian Vettel, despite being miles ahead, went out again but failed to improve his lap. Hamilton displaced Webber for 2nd, while Button was 4th.

Vitaly Petrov surprised many with 6th ahead of Rosberg, while Felipe Massa had a disastrous session in 8th. Kobayashi was 9th, while Buemi was 10th.

Vettel will start the race tomorrow with an extra set of soft tyres over his rivals. Lewis will be pleased to split the Red Bulls, while Schumacher, Massa, Sutil, Barrichello, Liuzzi and Karthikeyan all had a qualifying session to forget.

Update: Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher have all received reprimands for holding up other drivers in qualifying.