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Australian Grand Prix 2010: Red Bull Race Away With 1-2

Red Bull Racing commanded the qualifying session in the second race of the season in Melbourne, securing a 1-2 start ahead of tomorrow’s race.

Sebastian Vettel had a ragged but very quick lap, complete with sparks flying to get pole position and Australian native Mark Webber is 2nd.

Not far behind was Fernando Alonso, and they were comfortably ahead of the rest.  World Champion, and 2009 race winner Jenson Button was 4th, well ahead of Lewis Hamilton who only managed 11th – the Briton still reeling from his arrest last night in downtown Melbourne for reckless driving.

Mercedes were 6th and 7th, with Rosberg out qualifying Michael Schumacher again.  The former 7 time world champion complained after the race about traffic and being blocked, he forwarded his argument openly at Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso in parc ferme, the Spaniard insisting he did nothing wrong.

Barrichello, Kubica and Sutil round up the top 10.

The 6 new cars stuck to the bottom of the timesheets, with the Lotus’ looking significantly ahead of the Virgin’s who know they cannot finish tomorrow’s race due to their fuel tanks being so small.  The HRT’s were at the bottom, with Senna and Chandhok clearly struggling with their cars.

Pos  Driver         Team                   Q1        Q2        Q3
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault      1:24.774   1:24.096  1:23.919
 2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1:25.286   1:24.276  1:24.035
 3.  Alonso         Ferrari               1:25.082   1:24.335  1:24.111
 4.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:24.897   1:24.531  1:24.675
 5.  Massa          Ferrari               1:25.548   1:25.010  1:24.837
 6.  Rosberg        Mercedes              1:24.788   1:24.788  1:24.884
 7.  Schumacher     Mercedes              1:25.351   1:24.871  1:24.927
 8.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1:25.702   1:25.085  1:25.217
 9.  Kubica         Renault               1:25.588   1:25.122  1:25.372
10.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1:25.504   1:25.046  1:26.036
11.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes      1:25.046   1:25.184
12.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:26.061   1:25.638
13.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes  1:26.170   1:25.743
14.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari        1:26.089   1:25.747
15.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth     1:25.866   1:25.748
16.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari        1:26.251   1:25.777
17.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:26.095   1:26.089
18.  Petrov         Renault               1:26.471
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth        1:28.797
20.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth        1:29.111
21.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth       1:29.592
22.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth       1:30.185
23.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth          1:30.526
24.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth          1:30.613
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