Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Albert Park, 2014

2014 Australian Grand Prix grid

2014 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Albert Park, 2014

Row 1 1. Lewis Hamilton 1’44.231
2. Daniel Ricciardo 1’44.547
Red Bull
Row 2 3. Nico Rosberg 1’44.595
4. Kevin Magnussen 1’45.745
Row 3 5. Fernando Alonso 1’45.819
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
10. Jenson Button 1’44.437
Row 6 11. Kimi Raikkonen 1’44.494
12. Sebastian Vettel 1’44.668
Red Bull
Row 7 13. Adrian Sutil 1’45.655
14. Kamui Kobayashi 1’45.867
Row 8 15. Valtteri Bottas* 1’48.147
16. Sergio Perez 1’47.293
Force India
Row 9 17. Max Chilton 1’34.293
18. Jules Bianchi 1’34.794
Row 10 19. Marcus Ericsson 1’35.157
20. Romain Grosjean 1’36.993
Row 11 21. Pastor Maldonado No time
22. Esteban Gutierrez* 1’35.117

*Five-place penalty for gearbox change

Image © Daimler/Hoch Zwei

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  1. Not bad for a #2 driver.

    1. +1 Where’s your champion now, mr Marko?

      1. Marko was happy, after all Ricciardo is Red Bull development driver. He did not like Webber because he was not one of his drivers.

      2. andre (@f1follower12)
        15th March 2014, 7:24

        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

        1. 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 .

          1. What about the ten minutes before the yellow flags when they were not fast enough?

          2. @theoddkiwi

            I’m sorry but Jenson was up there the whole time. The only time he failed to improve his time was when he was on new tyres and it was because of the yellow flag.

        2. “according to marko”
          Who else…

    2. Webber will be very happy!!

    3. Imagine if Daniel said that on the radio mimicking Mark? =)))

      1. he is too polite to do that ….

        1. Yeah, Ricciardo seems like a humble guy @gunusugeh.

    4. It looks like we have a new Aussie grit to poke that German. Just listen to the crowd when he crossed the line

    5. Guess he didn’t hear Jacques Villeneuve telling him to stay home

    6. Top job…. Lewis, the original rain-meister

    7. We ‘re just into the first qualifying session, and some people are already arguing that Ricciardo is the #2 driver …

      Fantastic qualifying by the way, I just want to say: TOLD YA SO! :D

      Remember the Autosport cover ”Red Bull crisis”? Yeah right, P2!

      Also, quite surprising to see 3 world champions not reaching Q3: Button, Raikkonen en Vettel.

      I’m still betting on Vettel for this year :)

      1. @paeschl

        Remember the Autosport cover ”Red Bull crisis”? Yeah right, P2!

        In a wet qualifying session, and we haven’t even seen long run pace yet. I remember Trulli going P2 in Australia 2005 qualy, and Toyota didn’t exactly set the world on fire for the rest of the season.

        I’d wait before celebrating.

        1. But RBR is not Toyota isn’t it??
          You know they shown pace in Long runs

    8. Susie likes Daniel.

  2. 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. 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.

    1. If Nico had a second run on those wets I dare say he would’ve gone faster.

      1. They both had 2 runs on the last set of wets so IMO Lewis won pole fair and square.

      2. Nico lost it by going off at T9, dropping behind Alonso and Bottas, costing himself the second lap. Probably pole position otherwise..

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. And Webber did???

        1. 5th in a Minardi in 2002

          1. And that’s about it unfortunately, lets hope Dan doesn’t inherit Webber’s luck!

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

        1. 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?

      3. @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.

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

  6. 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!

    1. and the same disparity between kimi and alonso

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

        1. 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

          1. 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.

          2. 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!

        2. 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

          1. 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 .

    2. 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.

      1. @karter22 2008 Italian Grand Prix

        1. @karter22 @vettel1 2007 Japanese Grand Prix, 2009 Chinese Grand Prix, 2012 Brazillian Grand Prix… but nope, just a regular joe.

          1. It´s nice to se you guys defending SV for a change! I´m begining to like this season already!
            Oh and BTW, I don´t buy that “software glitch” deal… they both have the same car! And Ricciardo managed to plop himself up there!

          2. @karter22 that’s because, unsurprisingly, we were correct and Red Bull have confirmed the issue.

      2. @karter22

        Yeah, Ricciardo is obviously 2 seconds quicker than Vettel….

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

      1. You’re right @jcost – the start will be crucial!

        1. yes ….but his friday time wasn’t bad, could it be the fuel factor ?

      2. @jcost

        It’s a good thing Vettel has already said “The pace is there.” then.

        1. @baron-2 +1.

          Apparently it was a software problem hurting Vettel’s performance. F1 machines are getting even closer to airplanes, I wonder when they will start talking about “air relevance” instead of “road relevance”…

  7. 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

    1. Wonder whats wrong with Perez’s car

      Something in the seat

  8. 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. 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.

    1. Vettel hit with software problem

      1. Can you link the source here please? @ialtair

        1. I heard about that too – I’ll have a look because it seemed to be bugging him in FP3 also vs FP1/2, and would help explain what seems to otherwise be an inexplicable gap.

        2. Software problem resulting in engine not running at full power. Source: Horner interview on RTL

          1. Source: Horner interview on RTL

            Yeah i believe him !!!!!!!! i think that’s the most non credible source in the F1 paddock

          2. Horner doesn’t need to make up excuses – I trust his accuracy.

          3. Let’s see how accurate he was two days ago when he said the mercs will lap everyone twice on sunday.

          4. And as @baron-2 said: Seb doesn’t suddenly forget how to drive especially if he has proven multiple times that he is good in rain. But seems some people’s hate make them forget the past rather quickly..

            Would really love to see a few more logical comments but a few are just beyond..

          5. @@tifoso1989 Yeah of course, who’s Horner anyway? Team principal or something like that? …

          6. Well horner was downplaying the chances of RBR its quiet common,even button said that Merc are second faster then rest of the field which is not the case @gicu

        3. @xjr15jaaag

          Why would you need a source? If you see a driver go from 1:30.3 in FP2 to 1:32.2 in FP3 and Q1 I really doubt that driver suddenly forgot how to drive a F1 car.

    2. Same as J.Button…he was about to start a lap when Kimi crashed.Shame,i think he would do good in the wet.

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

    1. @diceman Magnussen may have a problem though (and Vettel):

      Vettel and Magnussen face yellow flag investigation

      1. I’m glad Magnussen escaped that penalty. It would have ruined my Saturday.

  11. 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.

    1. He looked to be coping fine on Friday, not so much in FP3 (and obviously qualifying). So it may just be the fact they had apparent issues with the car.

      1. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1)
        15th March 2014, 9:43


        Nice to see you having to defend your driver for once mate :-D

        I am sure by race 3 we’ll have to defend ours :-D

        1. @full-throttle-f1 it’s been a while haha! 2012 to be precise ;)

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

    1. 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??

      1. 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.

        1. Pole lap Hamilton had a huge drift in T7 I think. There was the half second difference..

        2. Don’t forget the tyres may also be going off. So its all about putting in the maximum where it counts.

    2. 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.

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

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

    1. 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.

      1. If only Alonso had the full session on the wets like most of the others than he may have found himself as high as 4th!!

        5th, then a poduim and finally a comment about getting the maximum from the car

      2. Alonso qualified in his usual destined P5 as usual.

        @kingshark Thanks for giving me a ROFL moment

      3. Yeah, “only” 1.6 seconds behind the Merc…not a big deal…

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

    3. @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?

      1. @baron-2

        This season is reminiscent of 2012.

        You can tell that after one race?

      2. The season when Vettel was 40+pts behind Alonso when the Red-Bull was on a par with McLaren and then blitzed everyone when the Red-Bull became the fastest.

        1. From what I remember the McLaren was the fastest car that year. Unfortunately it would conk out at the worse possible time.

      3. Taking software issues out of the equation, Id put my money on Seb to beat him in Malaysia.

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

    1. 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. 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. ;)

    1. 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…

  16. I’m rather hoping Maldonado doesn’t start to be honest, there was more enough dry running

  17. I have a feeling Vettel will be fired up for the race and go on to win

    1. He has something to prove.

      Let’s have a poll on how many he overtakes on the first lap.

      1. 11 people

        1. I’ll go for 7 (for a gain of position), probably around 11 all-in-all too. As long as the car doesn’t break down.

      2. Let’s have a poll on how many he crashes into on the first lap.

    2. Top 5 finish was my prediction for Vettel and I think he will make it ^^

    3. With 100 liters of fuel?? Good luck. This is not the 16l+ fuel tank era, if he gets higher than 4th it will be a surprise.

  18. What a amazing end to the qualifying with lewis snatching the pole.Really wondering what happened to Vettel and Kimi they just look slower then their team mates during whole session.Daniel will definitely
    give run for the money to vettel

    1. lewis snatching the pole

      @smokinjoe I would rather say Riccardio gave Mercedes a scare and stole 2nd from Rosberg

      1. I agree. I thought Rosberg had it until Daniel beat him. Then I instantly thought the track is drying out and that it will be Ham, Ros, Ric.

  19. well that just shows when the real drivers have to drive the pants off the car who comes to the top of the grid.

  20. Wow… who could argue with that session!?!? Absolutely awesome. Pleasantly surprised by all the rookies… Kvyat especially! Super Seb looking a little pedestrian without his black ho!e diffuser… Daniel: just awesome.

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