F1 » Heavy rain forces qualifying postponement

Persistent heavy rain showers in Melbourne have forced the postponement of the second and third sessions of qualifying for the Australian GP to Sunday morning.

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March 16, 2013 1:17 PM

Anyway its all been sorted know. This is the revised session schedule for to-morrow.

09 30 Ticket Boxes Open to Public
10 00 Gates Open to Public
11 00 11 33 Formula One Qualifying Resumes
11 50 12 05 V8 Supercars drivers and Historic Parade
12 20 12 35 Period Sports Cars
12 50 13 05 Celebrity Challenge Race 3
13 20 13 55 V8 Supercars Race 4
14 10 14 30 Carrera Cup Race 3
14 40 14 55 Ultimate Speed Comparison
15 00 15 15 60th Anniversary Parade Lap reverse direction
15 30 15 40 Formula One Drivers Parade
15 40 15 55 RAAF Roulettes
16 50 National Anthem
17 00 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

Ferdinand Hunt - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 1:47 PM

The decision was the right one. It makes no sense to risk the possibility of drivers and their cars be seriously being damaged. This however will only heighten the excitement for tomorrow. We will just have to wait a little longer for the show.

JJJ - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 1:53 PM

Think it was a poor decision to stop the quali, we could see in Q1 that the situation was perfectly managable. Yes some drivers had issues, that's what happens in rainy conditions, it seperates the men from the boys.

We all know rain makes for the most exciting and best racing where car performance becomes less important and the driver's input is more important.

For what should have happened, youtube Adelaide 1989. Now that was an exciting race in a time when they were still allowed to happen eventhough the cars were much less safe back then.

John - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 2:28 PM

"I don't think it was half as bad as Malaysia last year"

The Malaysian GP is run on a purpose built F1 track, not a street circuit like Albert Park.

How difficult is this to understand? Very difficult, it would appear.

John - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 2:33 PM

"We all know rain makes for the most exciting and best racing where car performance becomes less important and the driver's input is more important."

That's a silly old wives tale. Hamilton may have an ego the size of Australia and the emotional maturity of a twelve year old, but he's not an incompetent driver.

John - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 2:40 PM

"Adelaide 1989. Now that was an exciting race "

If your favorite sport is demolition derby, indeed it was a superb race. Of the 30 cars which started the race just eight eventually struggled across the finish line. Among those who crashed out was Ayrton Senna, not typically thought of as lacking skill in the wet.

JJJ - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 2:45 PM


From memmory:

Senna 2nd for Toleman, Monaco 84
Senna 1st McLaren, Donington 93
Panis 1st Ligier, Monaco 96
Hill 1st Jordan, Spa 98
Fisichella 1st Jordan, Interlagos 03
Button 1st BAR, Hungaroring 06
Vettel 1st STR, Monza 08

And many more I'm forgetting, all examples of drivers in mediocre cars who happened to drive well on the day and achieving results that would never be possible in the dry cause there would be several cars from the fastest teams taking up the first few spots. All examples from really exciting races too btw.


March 16, 2013 2:51 PM

Some very stupid comments from the EXPERTS on this site.Please read Jenson Buttons comments about the conditions.Safety will always come before the fans interest. ......Why bother having wet tyres when you can't race in the wet any more?..... You really have to wonder about comments like this.I would rather wait and have all the drivers racing than some poor guy in hospital .

Eoin Sullivan - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 3:02 PM

Could they not bring in regulations to design the cars higher above the ground? Wet racing used to be F1 at its most exciting. These days it seems the first drop of rain and they stop racing. I feel sorry for the soaked fans who endured the rain for 1/3 of a qualifying session.

John - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 3:23 PM


The fact that the results of wet races are a roll of the dice and sometimes allow drivers who would otherwise not win races to do so does not support the notion that wet races are the true test of driver skill.

I don't deny that we sometimes see drivers in mediocre cars achieve results in the wet that would never be possible in the dry. I just don't see why this is supposed to be a good thing in itself.

Button, Hungary 2006 - only 7 of 22 cars finished the race.

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