Rain wreaks havoc in Melbourne, qualifying postponed. Going to be an early start…

1290373It’s not been the best of starts, has it? First an overbearing sense of doom at the pace of the Red Bulls and now this. Still, for those with Sky at least Damon Hill’s overwhelming sense of anxiety while trying to hang on to his umbrella was entertaining.

No qualifying. Well not at the sharp end anyhow. Just a soaking Q1 session that duly eliminated the Caterhams and the Marussias from proceedings but also scalped Sauber’s new boy Esteban Gutierrez and Williams’ Pastor Maldonado.

With Q2 and Q3 rescheduled for midnight on Saturday (GMT) when everyone left in will be hoping for a dry track and sunshine, it seems a little tough on the pair. Well, on Gutierrez anyhow. Maldonado’s elimination rather suggests that Williams have managed to go backwards with this year’s car. He says it’s undriveable. Team mate Valteri Bottas, the only rookie to escape the cut, says it isn’t. Those two bruisers are in for a fun ride this year.

Meanwhile up at the sharp end Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets at the end of Q1 thanks to some quick thinking from Mercedes that saw Rosberg and Hamilton first out in to Melbourne’s puddles. And once again Rosberg didn’t look remotely intimidated by his latest superstar teammate. Indeed Lewis once again came off the track, leaving a chunk of rear wing behind. With bits of front wing from a Ferrari, (Massa) two Caterhams and a Sauber (Gutierrez) also strewn around the track, at least the Aussie marshals will find something to do on e-bay today.

Hard not to imagine Vettel on pole for tomorrow, but we do think it will be tight. Definitely worth staying up for in what’s proving a challenging weekend for the Sunday Afternoon Club’s sleep patterns…

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Come on, TG! It’s VALTTERI Bottas. Well, I guess you’ll get used to it. It’s not like finnish names are difficult to write or anything…

Anyway great job of Bottas to beat Maldonado and stay in the qualifying, rookie of the year right there!

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Quite right, to call off Qualfying as the track
was to dangerous to drive on.
I thought Rosberg, looked good and is a real
dark horse for this race.

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Watch this:

Todays cars and tires have gone backwards in terms of wet handling.

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Lets see what the race will show us but so far it reminds me of the 2011 season. RB is very dominating. Vettel and Webber easily fastest in the Qualifying. But do not fear, the FIA will once again find something “illegal” and change the rules accordingly…

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