9. Di Resta
21. de la Rosa
I doubt RBR and Vettel will have lost any single-lap pace, hence the pole position. Button is quick around Melbourne (On pole in 2006 in a Honda), and I reckon he’ll carry the momentum of a good 2011 into this season and beat Lewis. Alonso will squeeze every ounce of pace out the F2012 to edge Rosberg’s Mercedes. Di Resta showed he has good qualifying pace last season and I fully expect him to crack the top 10, and Raikkonen has a good chance of making it in too. I think Kovalainen will pip Vergne to 17th, especially as Caterham seem to be improving each race, but Petrov may struggle to adjust to a slower car after being in a quick-ish Renault for the last couple of seasons. Marussia and HRT will make up the rear end as usual with the more experienced de la Rosa and Glock beating their younger team-mates.
I guess we’ll have a slightly better idea by the end of Friday’s running, but anything can happen, and it usually does!