2014 Australian Grand Prix grid

2014 Australian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Albert Park, 2014

Row 1 1. Lewis Hamilton 1’44.231
Mercedes
2. Daniel Ricciardo 1’44.547
Red Bull
Row 2 3. Nico Rosberg 1’44.595
Mercedes
4. Kevin Magnussen 1’45.745
McLaren
Row 3 5. Fernando Alonso 1’45.819
Ferrari
6. Jean-Eric Vergne 1’45.864
Toro Rosso
Row 4 7. Nico Hulkenberg 1’46.03
Force India
8. Daniil Kvyat 1’47.368
Toro Rosso
Row 5 9. Felipe Massa 1’48.079
Williams
10. Jenson Button 1’44.437
McLaren
Row 6 11. Kimi Raikkonen 1’44.494
Ferrari
12. Sebastian Vettel 1’44.668
Red Bull
Row 7 13. Adrian Sutil 1’45.655
Sauber
14. Kamui Kobayashi 1’45.867
Caterham
Row 8 15. Valtteri Bottas* 1’48.147
Williams
16. Sergio Perez 1’47.293
Force India
Row 9 17. Max Chilton 1’34.293
Marussia
18. Jules Bianchi 1’34.794
Marussia
Row 10 19. Marcus Ericsson 1’35.157
Caterham
20. Romain Grosjean 1’36.993
Lotus
Row 11 21. Pastor Maldonado No time
Lotus
22. Esteban Gutierrez* 1’35.117
Sauber

*Five-place penalty for gearbox change

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172 comments on 2014 Australian Grand Prix grid

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  1. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 15th March 2014, 7:03

    Not bad for a #2 driver.

  2. Aimal (@aimalkhan) said on 15th March 2014, 7:03

    Wow… so redbull did pull it out of the bag Mclaren 2011 style. Also kinda sick of seeing Alonso on 5th all the time. :(

  3. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 15th March 2014, 7:04

    Hamilton and Rosberg seemed to be very evenly matched in the rain, with Nico being arguably quicker, but he blew his 1st lap while Lewis delivered on both laps.

  4. Morty Vicar (@mortyvicar) said on 15th March 2014, 7:04

    Wow. That was amazing. It looks like Daniel Ricciardo is the real deal, as is Daniil Kvyat and Kevin Magnussen. An outrageously good qualifying. Great to see Kobayashi in 14th too.

    • Joshua Mesh (@joshua-mesh) said on 15th March 2014, 7:07

      As much as I’d like to see Ricciardo do really well, you have to also consider that an AUS driver is going to be good on an AUS track and infront of an AUS crowd.

      • nackavich (@nackavich) said on 15th March 2014, 7:16

        And Webber did???

      • @joshua-mesh Are you serious? Well, I didn’t see Karthikeyan taking P2 in India!

        • Joshua Mesh (@joshua-mesh) said on 15th March 2014, 20:52

          Are you saying that drivers are all equally good on all the tracks? Do you not dont feel that some drivers have tracks they are good on, and other tracks they are not so good on? Do you also not feel that growing up in the AUS racing fraternity, he might just have a bit more experience racing around Australian tracks?

      • Morty Vicar (@mortyvicar) said on 15th March 2014, 7:37

        @joshua-mesh I don’t think that makes a lot of difference. I think F1 drivers by and large are focused on the job of going as fast as they possibly can, regardless of the circuit. It’s an added bonus for Ricciardo but when he was in the car, wrestling with a surfeit of torque on a wet track, I don’t believe he thought about anything other than the next corner and his lap time.

      • Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 15th March 2014, 11:17

        An Aus driver on a Aus track? This isn’t a circuit they’re driving on, there is no home benefit here in terms of track. I don’t think drivers abilities are built on crowds

  5. NickF12013 (@nickf12013) said on 15th March 2014, 7:04

    Drivers Wrestling the cars even in the straights! Loved it! Brilliant qualy! Bring on 2014!!!

  6. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 15th March 2014, 7:04

    I’m both shocked and amazed at the disparity between Ricciardo and Vettel. What a brilliant performance by the former though – the roar was incredible from the fans!

    • smokinjoe (@smokinjoe) said on 15th March 2014, 7:11

      and the same disparity between kimi and alonso

      • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 15th March 2014, 7:12

        And indeed between Button and Magnussen. Both Button and Vettel in particular are recognised as good wet drivers.

        • smokinjoe (@smokinjoe) said on 15th March 2014, 7:19

          Looks like Hulk had upper hand over perez during whole qualifying,regarding button and vettel i think their car not set up to their liking if u look at balance they just struggling to drive compared to team mates

          • OOliver said on 15th March 2014, 7:33

            All drivers found it difficult in the rain. I don’t understand the car not to their liking argument as almost every driver will never have the car to their liking. In Button’s case, he probably didn’t go out after Kimi’s accident thinking no one would improve.

          • sars (@sars) said on 15th March 2014, 8:44

            Button was caught out by the yellow. One of my biggest critisms is that he doesn’t bend the rules a little, to much the nice guy!

        • wayne (@waynedru78) said on 15th March 2014, 8:02

          vettels car had software problems according to marko, that explains why there was not even one good lap, but without the problems you can calculate where vet would have ended up.. i think red bull improved a lot from testing and now melbourne, or they were bluffing the whole time

          • wayne (@waynedru78) said on 15th March 2014, 8:03

            both vettel and jensons times were good enough for p2 and p3 in final quali as there was no change in conditions jensons time still faster than mags just bad luck with those yellow flags .

    • karter22 (@karter22) said on 15th March 2014, 7:14

      Why Max? Take all the “toys” away and throw a little rain in the mix and SV is just a regular joe!
      Good for Ricciardo even though i don’t like him either.
      Dry qualy would’ve been nice. We still can’t see a clear pecking order on the wet.

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 15th March 2014, 7:25

      Vettel needs a big result tomorrow because Daniel has killed the excuse “the car is not good enough”.

  7. Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 15th March 2014, 7:04

    We all knew it was going to be an exciting race, but this qualifying result will make it even more exciting to watch! Wonder whats wrong with Perez’s car

  8. AlokIn (@) said on 15th March 2014, 7:04

    what a qualifying session, very nice way to start the season.
    Congrats to Lewis and Ricardo. Lewis at his usual best and brilliant performance by Ricardo.

  9. David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 15th March 2014, 7:05

    Oh damn Vettel actually not making it to Q3… although that’s mostly because of Raikkonen crashing and bringing out the yellow flags. Still, his unrated teammate appeared a lot more comfortable and that’s quite alarming :/ Vettel better up his game.

  10. Diceman (@diceman) said on 15th March 2014, 7:06

    Very impressive qualifying from Ricciardo and Magnussen, shame the same can’t be said about Räikkönen.

  11. JCost (@jcost) said on 15th March 2014, 7:07

    Man, Seb is struggling with that throttle and seems to be missing badly that super diffuser.

    Tremendous Job by Daniel firing up his home crowd and the Red Bull garage, now they know the climb should not be as steep as anticipated. Great job by both Red Bull and Renault.

  12. Sankalp Sharma (@sankalp88) said on 15th March 2014, 7:07

    Unlucky for ROS though. He missed out on pole due to being out of position on track. Bring out the rain!

    • Damon said on 15th March 2014, 7:13

      Or maybe because he blew his first lap by making a mistake.

      And how do you know he would have gone quicker than Hamilton anyway??

      • Jake (@jleigh) said on 15th March 2014, 7:22

        Hamiltons last lap was poor. He was half a second off his best through S2. But then he have have been taking it a bit easy given everyone else’s incidents through there, and the fact Rosberg didn’t have another lap.

    • adamx84 said on 15th March 2014, 7:56

      The team gave Rosberg priority and he would have been last over the line, but he personally made a mistake which lost him that advantage. Beaten by Lewis fair and square.

      • OOliver said on 15th March 2014, 10:45

        Considering Rosberg has done a lot of wet tyre testing, I expected him to be on pole this wet qualifying. I hope for Mercedes’ sake they just go for the best points and results instead of trying to orchestrate a particular result.

  13. Broom (@brum55) said on 15th March 2014, 7:07

    Ferrari with an early contender for strategic screw-up of the year..

    Also Riccardio, qualifying 12 places above ‘the greatest’. Good work!

    • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 15th March 2014, 7:22

      Ferrari with an early contender for strategic screw-up of the year..

      Didn’t turn out that bad in the end. Alonso qualified in his usual destined P5 as usual.

    • No strategy could have saved what appears to be – yet another – flop car!

    • Eric (@) said on 15th March 2014, 7:31

      @brum55

      Also Riccardio, qualifying 12 places above ‘the greatest’. Good work!

      Without problems. Let’s see where he stacks up when Vettel doesn’t have car trouble.

      This season is reminiscent of 2012. A lot of shouting and “See I told you, Vettel is just average.” after just one quali. Remind me, how did that end?

  14. Ivan B (@njoydesign) said on 15th March 2014, 7:08

    ha, 2 rookies in the top 10, how cool is that?

    • Martin (@aardvark) said on 15th March 2014, 7:15

      They had fewer bad habits to unlearn compared to the more experienced drivers.

      Expect the other drivers to catch up. And let’s see what happens in the race.

  15. Calum (@calum) said on 15th March 2014, 7:08

    Macca wanted their new rookie to be like a new Hamilton. Kev did a grand job to get forth in his first quali in Australia. Incidentally, the rookie Hamilton back in 2007 got forth on the grid at his first race, also Australia. ;)

    • OneBHK (@onebhk) said on 15th March 2014, 7:44

      Incidentally, the rookie Hamilton back in 2007 got forth on the grid at his first race, also Australia. ;)

      @calum Incidentally, the rookie Hamilton did 22,000 km in testing compared to a < 1,000km by the current rookie Magnussen…

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