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08:07
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Until then, farewell from Melbourne...
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Stay there for all the post-race news - and remember to join us back here in 2 weeks for the Malaysian GP...
08:06
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08:06
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Guess a Mercedes to win prediction was a relatively easy one to make, but Hamilton DNF showed it was still very much a guess
08:05
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Ferrari gets both cars home in the points, as does Toro Rosso, while Williams and Force India also score
08:05
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Great return for McLaren with 3rd and 4th for Magnussen and Button - constructors' lead a marked contrast to 2013
08:04
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Ricciardo's second place particularly good news for Red Bull...
08:03
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Nothing for Hamilton or Vettel, but their team-mates suggest more to come from the big guns
08:03
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An early championship lead for Nico Rosberg, but much to ponder in terms or reliability etc...
08:02
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And that's that... the opening round of the 2014 F1 world championship is in the books....
07:42
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McLaren set to lead the constructors' points with 3rd and 4th... quite a turnaround from 2013
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Two rookies in the points on debut
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RIC hangs on to second, from MAG, BUT, ALO, BOT, HUL, RAI, VER and KVY
07:41
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Thats 100 wins for Mercedes power in F1
07:41
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HAM may have been an early retirement, but Mercedes still wins as ROS crosses the line to claim the Australian GP
07:40
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Onto the last lap and ROS leads by 24.1s, from RIC and MAG.....
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MAG told he can run richer for the final few laps, but is the gap to RIC too big to breach> Now 2secs
07:37
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RAI breezes by VER after the Frenchman runs a little wide... Ferrari up to P8
07:33
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BOT uses DRS to pass HUL into T1... the Williams up to P6. What could he have done without hitting the wall earlier?
07:31
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MAG told he can 'use overtake button' in hism pursuit of RIC - and P2 on debut? He's be the first Dane on F1 podium whatever he does
07:30
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L50: ROS by 22.9s from RIC, MAG, BUT, ALO, HUL, BOT, VER, RAI, KVY, PER, SUT, GUT, CHI, BIA
07:29
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Now ALO is told of RIC's issue... can Ferrari make a late play?
07:28
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MAG currently 1.2s behind the Red Bull, with BUT a further 3.6s down
07:27
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BUT told RIC 'is really struggling' - could McLaren get both cars onto the podium?
07:25
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VER appeared to put his left rear onto the grass turning into the final corner - Toro Rosso got sideways...
07:24
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Moment for VER give BOT the chance to take 7th into T1
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GRO had been running in 12th at the time and, with the level of reliability, may even have lucked into points
07:22
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Lotus' day is done as GRO stops on lap 43...
07:21
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With ROS 18.5s clear, the interest is behind, with MAG closing on RIC, and BOT pressuring VER for P7
07:14
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BUT told he is racing team-mate MAG for the final podium spot - and that 'fuel is good'
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L38: ROS by 23.4s from RIC, MAG, BUT, ALO, HUL, VER, BOT, RAI, KVY, PER, GRO, SUT, GUT, CHI, BIA
07:12
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ROS stop not perfect as left front brake cover took a whack from the wheel....
07:11
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and he rejoins, on mediums, with his lead intact....
07:11
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And finally ROS gets the call to make his final scheduled stop.... the Mercedes 41secs clear after the field pitted
07:10
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The Dane, on mediums, rejoins in P3, behind RIC and ahead of team0mate BUT
07:10
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All appear to have fallen behind BUT, while MAG is told to pit from P2....
07:08
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RIC pits from P2, and is followed in by BOT, RAI, KVY from P4-6
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ROS warned of possibility of light rain... although Mercedes not expecting track to get wet
07:07
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ALO just holds the Force India at bay through T3....
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ALO pits from P4.... takes on mediums and rejoins 8th - behind BUT and just ahead of HUL
07:06
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BOT passes RAI for the second time this afternoon - now into P5....
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ALO goes green in his effort not to suffer the same fate as HUL and VER....
07:04
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If so, it doesn't appear to have worked as BUT passes both....
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HUL and VER also stop, both taking mediums - are they covering BUT?
07:03
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BUT suffered a broken nose during his stop.... MP4/29 now got a hole up front
07:03
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PER also in from P12.... a lot of those further back have already been and gone
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BUT becomes the first of the frontrunners to make a second the stop...  the mediums are fitted to the McLaren
07:00
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l31: MAL grinds to a halt.... still covered a lot more laps than Lotus expected
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L30: ROS by 11.6s to RIC, MAG, HUL, ALO, BUTT, VER, RAI, BOT, KVY, SUT, PER, GRO, GUT, MAL, CHI
06:57
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The Swede was told to shut off his Renault engine
06:56
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L28: ERI parks the second Caterham
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RAI goes in deep at T9 - struggling with Ferrari brakes again?
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Behind the German, however, ALo, BUT, VER and RAI all within a second of the car in front
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The top four are strung out with ROS 7.9s ahead of RIC, MAG +3s to the Red Bull and HUL another 6.6s back
06:45
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Big lock up from HUL under pressure from ALO... BUT keeps watching brief on that one
06:44
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BOT is told to be careful with DRS, however - problem with the 'hardware' apparently
06:43
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BOT is back in the top ten, Finn charging again after his enforced pit-stop
06:41
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RIC told he dos not need to save fuel... can he close in on ROS, who leads by 4.4s
06:37
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ROS opens up immediate 2.2s lead over RIC, who has MAG close behind him
06:34
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L16: SC in, race back on....
06:33
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Rain, albeit light, is being reported at turn three...
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L13: ROS, RIC, MAG, HUL, ALO, BUT, VER, RAI, SUT, KVY, MAL, ERI, GRO, CHI, GUT, BOT, PER, BIA
06:29
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The early stop didnt pan out for BUT as he has to keep to a speed delta under SC conditions - looks like the McLaren will be 6th after the reshuffle
06:27
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.. and now the front of the field follows suit
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PER has also pitted in the Force India
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BUT opts to pit but he's the only one.... ROS lead wiped out as he'll have to drop in behind the SC
06:26
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BOT has rejoined on another st of softs, as the Safety Car appears for the first time in 2014
06:25
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L10: ROS by 6.5s from RIC, MAG, HUL, ALO, RAI, VER, KVY, BUT and SUT
06:24
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The Finn is limping back to the pits... can he rejoin?
06:24
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BOT touches the wall in his pursuit.... the right rear tyre has parted company with the Williams
06:23
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HUL, ALO and BOT now running as a 3-car train....
06:21
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At the front, ROS leads RIC by 4.5s after 8 laps, MAG still 3rd, HUL 4th and ALO 5th
06:20
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Now BOT out-duels RAI for P6.... Williams on a charge
06:19
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The accident has caught the attention of the stewards too so could be more to come
06:19
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KOB says shunt was his fault... misjudged heat/grip from his tyres under braking, but says he was also having to brake hard
06:18
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Sad for MAS and Williams though as the Brazilian was an unwitting victim of the Caterham
06:17
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...but KOB made up for that at T1, although his lock-up may not necessarily have been human error
06:17
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Wow! MAG's start saw the McLaren spear across the nose of ALO - lucky not to have a startline shunt there
06:16
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VET joins HAM in the pits... looks like a short afternoon for the world champion
06:15
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BOT muscles around the outside of VER for P7.... the Finn is Williams last hope after MAS early exit
06:14
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Meanwhile team-mate ROS continues to lead from RIC, MAG and HUL
06:13
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HAM pits at end of lap 3, reporting that he has no power
06:12
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VET's problems un derlined by fact that CHI has just passed him for P15...
06:11
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...but the Brit stays out for another lap - and team then tells him thats OK
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HAM told that he needs to retire to save the engine - just 2 laps in
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L1: ROS, RIC, MAG, HAM, HUL, ALO, VER, RAI, KVY, BOT in top ten
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It was KOB and MAS off at T1, and VET is struggling for power
06:09
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It's ROS who leads from RIC HAM and MAG, with ALO in 5th
06:08
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VET is struggling for power, GUT spins, two cars in the gravel a T1
06:08
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And we're off this time HAM leads ROS,but there's chaos behind
06:07
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OK Australian GP take 2.....
06:06
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Ricciardo reports his getaway 'bogged down'.... sounds like he's got Mark Webber's engine then!!!
06:05
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It's the other Marussia this time... Jules Bianchi joins team-mate Chilton in the pits!
06:04
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Yellow flags..... another formation lap - and thats not good for these new cars!
06:03
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Chilton's car is back in the Marussia garage.... the Brit likely to be a late starter, if he makes it all
06:02
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Vettel reporting a lack of boost pressure as the cars make their way back to the grid
06:01
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Grosjean will also have to take a drive-thru' after leaving the garage too early!
06:01
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Looks like a pit-lane start for the Briton...
06:00
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Formation lap.... and everyone is away with the exception of Max Chilton, who remains stuck on the grid
05:59
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All cars on the grid bar Romain Grosjean, who'll start from the pits... all on soft Pirellis except Vettel and Gutierrez
05:55
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And, for once, it's not an easy pick.... Mercedes, though, seem to be the majority favourite - so Lewis or Nico for P1?
05:54
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So who's going to win? A lot will ride on reliability, braking into turn one at the start and getting to grips with fuel saving...
05:53
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...while Kvyat has Felipe Massa and Button behind him, the Briton promoted from 11th by Valtteri Bottas' penalty
05:52
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Magnussen starts fourth for McLaren, ahead of Fernando Alonso, Jean-Eric Vergne and Nico Hulkenberg...
05:50
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And in their places at the front? Rookies Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat both made the top 10 on debut
05:47
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The German's in good company though, with Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen down there with him
05:43
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RBR team-mate Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, starts 12th after power issues in Q2
05:42
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Ricciardo will still start on the front row - by far his best start in F1 - after splitting the two Mercedes
05:41
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with Lewis Hamilton denying Red Bull new boy - and local hero - Daniel Ricciardo pole position with the very last lap
05:41
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Wet qualifying of course, provided its own excitement...
05:39
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....so the race could be... interesting.... should the conditions change
05:38
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Remember qualifying was the first time most of the grid had driven these new-spec cars in the rain
05:38
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The weather is dry - at the moment... forecast remains uncertain though
05:37
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Welcome to raceday in Melbourne... just under half an hour to lights out and the cars are making their way to the grid
07:04
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Don't forget that BOT is facing a gearbox penalty, as is GUT, so the order weill change a little before the grid forms up on Sunday....
07:03
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Disappointment for Williams in P9 and P10, but what about rookie Magnussen in P4 and Kvyat P8 despite his off?
07:03
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Top 10: HAM, RIC, ROS, MAG, ALO, VER, HUL, KVY, MAS, BOT
07:02
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Wow! So Mercedes takes its expected pole, but who would have seen Red Bull - and RIC at that - on the front row?
07:01
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but heres HAM and its P1 for the Briton in 1m 44.231s
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RIC goes back onto pole in 1m 44.548s
07:00
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KVY makes contsact with the wall but there are no yellows
07:00
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ROS then grabs pole to set up Mercedes 1-2, but HAM has another lap to go
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RIC goes fastest for RBR on 1m 45.314... only gor HAM to bump him again
06:59
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MAS gets one more chance to improve on P10 but his previous lap showed how tricky the conditions are
06:57
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ROS runs off at T9 after locking up, but he rejoins
06:56
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RIC opts for inters, but HAM remains on wets.... the gamblers will go for the green ringed rubber
06:55
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Teams pondering the switch to inters for the final runs....
06:55
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Everyone has set a time and the orde ris HAM, ROS, RIC, HUL, VER, KVY, MAG, BOT, ALO and MAS
06:54
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Hamilton now goes fastest on a 1min 45.335s
06:52
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Vergne and Kvyat then put Toro Rosso into 3rd and th, before Hulkenberg usurps them both
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with Hamilton and Ricciardo slotting in behind
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Rosberg sets the early target at 1m 45.550s
06:50
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OK Q3 is underway and the track s defiitely wetter than before
06:44
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Mercedes, Williams and Toro Rosso the only teams with two cars in the top ten... who would have predicted that?
06:43
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Those moving on get an extra set of soft tyres for Q3 but will they be able to use them?
06:43
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While Rosberg, Ricciardo, Alonso, Hamilton, Magnussen, Hulkenberg, Vergne, Bottas, Massa and Kvyat progress to Q3
06:42
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So, leaving us at the end of Q2 are Button, Raikkonen, Vettel, Sutil, Kobayashi and Perez
06:42
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Button also falls out of the top ten shootout field as rookie Kvyat imporoves to 10th
06:41
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Vettel meanwhile manages only 12th spot
06:41
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Magnussen goes 5th to push Raikkonen out of the top ten
06:40
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If that's the end of the session, Vergne, Magnussen, Sutil, Kobayashi, Vettel and Perez will be out
06:39
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Yellow flags..... Raikkonen in the all at T4!
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but Ricciardo refuses to be denied, only to see Rosberg go faster still
06:38
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Alon so now back on top, lapping in 1m 42.681s
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The westher is going to have a big ay this afternoon
06:37
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Bottas deposes Ricciardo.... before Kvyat leaps into 3rd
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With 3mins left, Massa, Vettel, Perez, Sutil, Kobayashi and Kvyat are in danger of exiting
06:35
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Hamilton and Rosberg pit for a fresh set of intermediates....
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and the Australian is now back on top at 1m 44.031s
06:34
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Ricciardo isnt done and splits the Mercs, along with Hulkenberg and Vergne
06:33
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Now Alonso takes over at the top, swiftly usurped by Hamilton, as Rosberg makes it a Mercedes 1-2
06:32
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Ricciardo, however, is atill on it and returns to P1 on 1m 45.655s
06:31
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Bottas spins on his next lap after catchin a kerb
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as Alonso crosses the line to split the pair, before Button slips into third
06:31
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Bottas now returns to the top on 1m 45.689s, with Vergne in P2
06:30
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Ricciardo, meanwhile, shows his Q1 run was no fluke by moving back to P1 in the other Red Bull
06:30
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Vettel crosses the line, but is only P7
06:29
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...who then loses out to Nico Rosberg
06:29
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Bottas sets the first time atg 1m 47.881, but is quickly deposed by Felipe Massa
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06:26
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There hasn't been much wet running in pre-season - and certainly not in qualifying conditions
06:26
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The rain appears to have stopped for now, but the track remains wet
06:25
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Once again a queue forms in pit-lane, with a mix of full wets and intermediate tyres fitted
06:25
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And we're off in Q2, which remains unchanged at 15mins in length
06:20
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With the exception of Maldonado, who did not set a time, the other departees are all within 107% of Ricciardo's fastest time
06:18
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Lotus, who won the race with Kimi Raikkonen last year, are provisionally on the back row in 2014, although there are penalties to take effect
06:18
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So, as the clock ticks down on Q1, we're about to say goodbye to Chilton, Bianchi, Gutierrez, Ericsson, Grosjean and Maldonado
06:17
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The Briton is out of his car, while Esteban Gutierrez is testing the conditions in his Sauber - not for qualifying but race day
06:16
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Max Chilton, meanwhile, will miss out on adding Marussia to the Q2 party by just 0.02s...
06:15
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If the conditions don't improve, Kobayashi will take Caterham through to Q2 on his return to F1
06:14
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Everyone now back in the pits....
06:13
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Grosjean asked to speed up by Lotus team - tells them he cannot
06:12
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Maldonado went off on his first lap back out of the pits but rejoined - scaring ALonso in the process
06:11
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The first spots of rain have arrived in pit-lane.... could be bad news for BIA, GUT, ERI, GRO and MAL who occupy the bottom five spots
06:09
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Alonso locks up on his new set of softs....
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Maldonado the only driver not to set a time
06:08
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Mercedes hoping to make mit through to Q2 by using the medium compound and saving their softs for later
06:07
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Just over halfway through the session at its RIC, MAG, MAS, BUT, BOT in the top five
06:06
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Its only P6 for the world champion
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Vettel meanwhile brushes the wall on his fast lap....
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Alonso pits to fit softs....
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Swiftly followed by Daniel Ricciardo
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Now rookie Magnussen goes top of the pile
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Team-mate Rosberg slots into second, but Massa goes fastest on the soft Pirelli - Lewis was on medium
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1m 31.699 opening salvo from Lewis Hamilton
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Hamilton on to his flying lap.....
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Lewis Hamilton is first away..... Grosjean, Bottas are both back on track aftr FP3 issues
06:00
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Both Mercedes drivers are already at the end of the pit-lane
05:59
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Cars are heading out for early laps, cautious of the weather
05:58
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There's also an extra set of tyres on offer to those making it through to the final phase....
05:57
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A couple of changes to the Q format, with Q1 reduced to 18mins and Q3 increased to 12mins in  abid to get more cars on track
05:56
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5 mins to the first qualifying session for the new-look F1, and the weather is looking unpredictable in Melbourne
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Welcome to the first qualifying session of the 2014 F1 season.....
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We'll see you then
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Qualifying is in 2 hours time.... work to do for most of the field
04:02
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And that's it for FP3: Rosberg  sets a pace 1.4s clear of the field, with Button, ALonso, Hamilton and Ricciardo next up
04:01
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Maldonado spotted walking back to the pits.... his Lotus is parked out on track!
03:58
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Vettel reports 'driveability is impossible' on his RB10 - told to pit by the team
03:56
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Bottas, like Gutierrez, will have to have a gearbox change before Q - both will thus incur a 5-place grid penalty
03:55
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Vettel remains in P10 after not finding an improvement - RBR team-mate Ricciardo is P5
03:54
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Vettel looks ragged on his latest flying lap - reports of tailwind into T9 might explain the offs there
03:50
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Ferrari team-mate Alonso, however, sneaks into P3, albeit 1.5secs off Rosberg's pace
03:49
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Raikkonen too goes off - the Finn still doesn't look comfortable in the Ferrari
03:48
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Sauber says it is optimistic of getting Gutierrez back on track for qualifying
03:46
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Hamilton makes a mistake and runs wide as he attempts to wrest P1 back from team-mate Rosberg
03:45
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Grosjean back on track but not for long.... 'nothing is solved' he tells the Lotus team
03:44
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Nico Rosberg goes P1 with a 1min 29.375s on a set of softs
03:42
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Gearbox problem being reported for Bottas... may not be a quick repair and could hamper his Q chances
03:39
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The Force India driver was on the soft Pirelli though - all other time set on the mediums
03:39
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Nico Hulkenberg vaults up to P2 and not that far from Hamilton's pace-setting time
03:37
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Bottas has been spotted in civvies so his day is done too - a surprise for the hitherto reliable Williams team
03:33
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Vettel and Raikkonen, meanwhile, are climbing the order, currently 5th and 6th respectively
03:32
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Gutierrez and Grosjean we can account for, but what's up with the second Williams? Team-mate Massa currently sitting P3...
03:31
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With the session now past its halfway point, Hamilton continues to lead, while 3 drivers - Bottas, Gutierrez and Grosjean - have yet to set a time
03:27
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Nico Rosberg reports that his medium tyres are 'finished', after just 8 laps, but admits that he made mistakes on his run
03:25
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That was rookie Marcus Ericsson, who at least has nine laps under his belt at the moment
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... and is followed by one of the Caterhams
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Sergio Perez takes his Force India for a trip through the gravel at T13
03:24
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'Unbelievable' is the Frenchman's reaction
03:23
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Lotus continues to be hit by problems as Grosjean reports a misfire and returns to the pits...
03:21
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Hamilton, meanwhile, goes back to P1 with a 1m 30.919s lap
03:21
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Button, P4 at the moment, is reporting poor traction and corner entry on the McLaren....
03:19
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Sadly for Gutierrez though, his session is over - no time on the board for the Mexican
03:18
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Now Lewis Hamilton goes quickest, breakin g into the 1min 31s - before team-mate Nico Rosberg vaults to the top on 1m 31.583s
03:16
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Kvyat lowers his personal best for FP3 to 1m 32.606s... but Button quickly trumps him - by 0.001s!
03:14
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McLaren team-mate Jenson Button follows suit at the same corner
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Magnussen, meanwhile, goes for a trip across the grass as he presses on
03:13
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Gutierrez appears to have limped back to the pits, so there's a chance he may rejoin the session later...
03:13
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...before Daniil Kvyat lowers the benchmark to 1m 33.079s in the other Toro Rosso
03:12
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Meanwhile Jean-Eric Vergne completes the first flying lap... and is promptly bettered by Kevin Magnussen
03:11
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Radio suggests gearbox issue on the Sauber....
03:11
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Esteban Gutierrez has stopped on track in sector 2
03:07
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It appears to be an electrical problem delaying Kimi's appearanece, but Seb is at least in the Red Bull even if he's not rolling just yet
03:04
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Well everyone except Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, who did not join the rush
03:04
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Both Lotus drivers also joined the beginning of the session, and joined everyone in completing an installation lap...
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...but Lotus and Marussia did work on beyond the allowed time limits, using one of their six allocated 'jokers'...
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Caterham didn't need to use one of their 'free' curfew breaks last night, having had all day to work on their problems...
03:01
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Both Caterhams have rolled out of pit-lane... here's hoping for better fortunes for Tony Fernandes' squad today
03:00
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Jean-Eric Vergne is first on track for Toro Rosso....
02:59
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It is currently overcast and blustery at Albert Park - and rain is forecast before qualifying a couple of hours from now!
02:59
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There are suggestions that some teams may not run in the next 60mins to save their cars for qualifying
02:58
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Red Bull's turnaround from pre-season was dramatic, but there are still concerns over STR's braking system after a series of offs
02:57
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...but there was better news for the other Renault-engined teams as both Red Bull and Toro Rosso were able to rack up the laps
02:57
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Caterham and Lotus barely got into double figures in terms of laps on day one 'down under'....
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And for some there is still a LOT of work to do....
02:56
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FP3 in Melbourne.... the final chance for teams to fettle their cars ahead of qualifying
02:55
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Welcome to the third and final practice session at the Australian Grand Prix - the teams final chance to hone their cars ahead of qualifying
07:03
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Thanks for your company during the session - we rust you'll be back for FP3 tomorrow....
07:02
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Rosberg, Alonso, Vettel and Button complete the top five, with Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Bottas, Magnussen and Hulkenberg in the top 10
07:02
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Mercedes started the weekend as favourite and FP2 confirmed that - although don't forget there as a hiccup for Hamilton in FP1
07:01
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None appear set to both Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, however, leaving the Briton on top for day one
07:00
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The chequered flag is out... although there are a few cars still completing their final laps
06:58
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Could it be a braking problem for the Enstone team similar to those being suffered at Toro Rosso?
06:57
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Grosjean actually hit the wall with his left rear before spinning into the gravel - the Lotus seemed to twitch under braking
06:56
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And Hulkenberg and Grosjean both spin - doesn't look like either car is going anywhere after getting beached in the gravel
06:55
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Another off for Kvyat, this time exiting the final turn....
06:53
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Lewis Hamilton makes a practice pit-stop - the change goes OK but there's a lot of smoke from the brakes....
06:50
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Daniil Kvyat kicks up the dust in ghe middle of one group currently circulating - most cars on track with 10mins left
06:44
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Kimi Raikkonen still trying, the Ferrari grazing the wall
06:39
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Teams trying longer runs now, so times are not changing as much as they did earlier in the session
06:30
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Half an hour remaining and it's still a Mercedes 1-2, with Hamilton ahead of Rosberg, Alonso, Vettel and Button
06:25
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Adrian Sutil currently the buseist man in the session, although his 18 laps only just shade Hamilton, Vettel and Vergne
06:21
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and , just as we say that, Hamilton ups the pace, taking over top spot with a lap of 1m 29.625s
06:19
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Times static at the top of the table, with Rosberg leading Alonso, Vettel, Button and Ricciardo
06:14
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It appears that a hydraulics issue is the case for Ericsson's absence this evening
06:05
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Red Bull started the day with two cars that had never seen a track, and Christian Horner admitted there were problems, but not looking too shabby right now...
06:05
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....but then Vettel shows he cannot be discounted, getting to within 0.6s of Rosberg with soft Pirellis fitted
06:04
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Williams still up there on soft rubber as Massa and Bottas set top five times
06:02
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And it's not looking too good for Ericsson either, who has just one FP2 lap to his name but may also be done for the day
06:01
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While Grosjean posts his first timed lap, there's bad new for team-mate Maldonado, who won't be going out in FP2
05:59
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Daniel Ricciardo moves into P2, but Rosberg has already moved the goalposts, lapping in 1m 29.782s on the soft tyre
05:56
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Seems it was a gearbox glitch for the Finn, who is now being retrieved by the marshals
05:56
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Kimi Raikkonen stops at the end of the pit-lane, blocking Ferrari team-mate Alonso in the process...
05:54
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Almost unnoticed, Romain Grosjean has made his entry to the fray, completing an installation lap in his Lotus
05:53
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So far, all cars are still lapping on the medium Pirelli, as in FP1... expect the soft to make an appearance later
05:50
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FP1 pacesetter Alonso eases into P2, just 0.033s off Rosberg's top spot
05:46
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The world champion appeared to put his left rear onto the verge approaching the corner, putting the RB10 sideways under braking
05:46
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Just to show that anyone can go off, Vettel follows Vergne's route through T3, running wide across the grass
05:44
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Jenson Button vaults into P2, the position he occupied in FP1, and is just a tenth off Rosberg
05:43
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Now Vergne is off - again.... it's T3 for the Frenchman - again....
05:42
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McLaren's Kevin Magnussen explores the outer limits of the track at T12
05:41
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Now Bottas reclaims P2, but is still 0.6secs off Rosberg after encountering traffic
05:40
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Sebastian Vettel makes it a German 1-2-3 by splitting the Nicos in P2
05:38
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The two Nicos - Rosberg and Hulkenberg - surpass Bottas' mark, with the Mercedes driver going P1 with a 1m 32.013s lap
05:37
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Caterham, menawhile, confirms that Kamui Kobayashi will not run at all in FP2 owing to problems with his CT05
05:37
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Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, has completed his first timed lap of the day, clocking 1m 35.748s for Mercedes
05:36
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... and then Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas chips in with a 1m 33.227s effort
05:36
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Jean-Eric Vergne quickly supplants Sutil with a 1m 35.127s lap - only to see Felipe Massa improve the target to 1m 33.462s
05:35
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Sutil sets the first time of the session, at 1m 38.055s.... a long way off Alonso's 1m 31.840s from FP1 but it's still early...
05:32
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Both Williams drivers apparently picked up penalties for speeding in pit-lane during FP1, while several teams have had to change parts within their  'power unit'
05:31
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Adrian Sutil and Marcus Ericsson lead the way into FP2... the Swede's running was cut short by gremlins in FP1...
05:27
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While Lewis Hamilton's half lap is no doubt frustrating, the biggest headaches muct be at Lotus, which barely turned a wheel in FP1
05:26
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Another 90 minutes for the teams to iron out wrinkles in their 2014 machines - and some need more work than others....
05:25
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Five minutes to the start of FP2 in Melbourne and what can we expect? Longer 'race' runs, the softer Pirelli tyre, more reliability problems?
03:15
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Rejoin us in just over two hours for FP2...
03:03
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There would appear to be a lot of work to do at Lotus and Caterham, and maybe just a little less elsewhere
03:02
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No time for Hamilton or Grosjean, the Mercedes driver completing half a lap - and half a lap more than the Lotus man
03:01
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Alonso ends up fastest on 1m 31.840s, with Button, Bottas, Massa and Ricciardo next up...
03:01
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And the chequered flag comes out to end the session.... an eventful one for some more than others
03:00
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It appears the Frenchman put his left rear onto the grass under braking at the end of the DRS zone
03:00
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15secs remaining and Vergne has gone deep into the T3 gravel.... more braking issues at Toro Rosso?
02:58
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Max Chilton has stopped in the pit-lane, while Red Bull is sending a crew to the pit entry to recover Vettel at the wieghbridge
02:52
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TV replays show smoke in the Lotus cockpit.... no wonder Maldonado was distracted
02:50
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Maldonado, meanwhile, runs through the gravel as he looks for a reason why his Lotus has slowed
02:49
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Kimi Raikkonen joins the list of those suffering a moment at turn one...
02:48
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... and completes a lap, albeit without setting a time
02:47
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Hang on.... is that a Lotus we see? Pastor Maldonado has made it into the pit-lane at least....
02:42
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Top 5 with just over 15mins remainig are Alonso, Button, Massa, Bottas and Ricciardo....
02:39
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Vettel is working his way up the order, now P8 after improving to 1m 32.974s
02:35
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Vettel sets his first time of the day, a 1m 34.593s effort that puts him 13th overall
02:34
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Still no sign of a Lotus on track.... will they emerge before the end of the session? 26mins remaining...
02:32
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Max Chilton gets his pit entry a little wrong, sliding very close to the Marussia crew in the dusty pit-lane
02:30
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After his off, Vergne admits to not trusting the STR's brakes...
02:28
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But ALonso hits back by posting a new fastest time, the target now 1m 31.840s
02:27
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Felipe Massa, meanwhile, passes his former team-mate to claim P2 for Williams
02:27
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And not to be outdone, Alonso follows suit.... something on the track or just cars struggling for grip?
02:26
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Vergne too has had a trip across the turn one grass - what one Toro Rosso can do, so can the other it seems
02:25
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The RB10 will still have to carry the equivalent weight of the normal external housing, but another clever solution from MK
02:24
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Questions about Red Bull's legality regarding the mandatory camera has been solved..... it is now housed inside the nose!
02:23
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A grassy moment there for Kvyat who runs wide at turn one...
02:21
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And lo, with 39mins remaining, the world champion ventures out for the first time....
02:20
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Reports claim that Lewis Hamilton's session was ended by a faulty sensor that shut his Mercedes down
02:19
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The current order is Button, Alonso, Ricciardo, Rosberg, Vergne, Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Kvyat, Bottas, Gutierrez and Perez
02:18
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Eleven drivers have set timed laps and 19 of the 22 have been out on track
02:17
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We're now halfway through the session and still no sign of Vettel, Grosjean or Maldonado
02:16
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Caterham reports problems with its second car, Kamui Kobayashi suffering fuel system issues
02:15
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Alonso, who had occupied P1 prior to the Briton's improvement, is out of the Ferrari and watching the monitors...
02:14
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Now Jenson Button hits top spot, improving to 1m 32.357s in his McLaren
02:11
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Ricciardo, despite being deposed from his early P1, has completed most laps so far, 11
02:08
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Lap times are currently around five seconds off the 1min 27.2s that Vettel used to pace FP1 last season
02:07
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A lull now while the teams check their cars over... we're two down (Hamilton and Ericsson), while others appear less than healthy
02:02
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Caterham reports that rookie Marcus Ericsson will NOT run again in FP1... a battery issue apparently
02:01
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A third of the way through the session, and we're still to see Vettel, Grosjean and Maldonado...
01:58
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Ten drivers have now set times as the 30min window for the extra tyres winds down
01:57
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Alonso, meanwhile, usurps Rosberg with a lap of 1m 32.588s
01:57
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.... while Sergio Perez is spotted getting his Force India back onto the straight and narrow after a moment of his own
01:56
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Oooooo Ricciardo has a moment.... a little to close to the wall for comfort
01:56
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Rosberg goes faster again, now sitting in P1 with a lap of 1m 32.604s
01:54
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...only to be beaten immediately by Rosberg, who lowers the target time to 1m 32,784s
01:53
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Fernando Alonso goes fastest, posting 1m 33.127s
01:53
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Hamilton returns to the paddock on the back of a scooter.... perhaps the change of helmet design has brought bad luck?
01:51
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Ricciardo meanwhile has improved the benchmark to 1m 34.600s....
01:51
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Rosberg goes third fastest, between Magnussen and Vergne... only for Bottas to jump into P2 and demote them all...
01:50
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20mins into the 2014 season and still no sign of the reigning world champion, still on the pit-wall (as are Chilton and the Lotus drivers)
01:48
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Nico Rosberg heads out in the 'other' Mercedes, even as the team attempts to get to the bottom of Hamilton's problems
01:47
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Rookie Magnussen slots into P2, but 2.5s off Ricciardo's time
01:46
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And Ricciardo posts the first time of the new season, a 1m 37.290s effort in his RB10
01:45
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The 2014 cars definitely sound different to last year for the Melbourne crowd
01:42
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With Hamilton's car cleared, Daniel Ricciardo takes to the track for Red Bull
01:37
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The entire power unit in the back of Hamilton's car was swapped ahead of the session, so this is a blow for Mercedes
01:35
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Many people's pre-race favourite has stopped on track, his new Mercedes 'power unit' smoking...
01:35
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And all those that went out have now returned to the pits.... with the exception of Lewis Hamilton
01:33
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Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, is stood on the Red Bull pit wall....
01:32
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Sauber (Sutil) and McLaren (Magnussen) also out there early doors...
01:31
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And we're off.... Fernando Alonso and Ferrari first car on track!
01:30
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This weekend, that is a set of the medium compound, which Pirelli has paired with its soft tyre for Albert Park
01:29
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The new rules do at least allow for an extra set of tyres for the first 30mins of practice
01:28
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Pre-season testing has been a little haphazard for all 11 teams, but there are drivers climbing aboard....
01:27
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The first big question is how many cars are we going to see at the start of this 90mins session?
01:25
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Five minutes to go before the 2014 F1 season gets underway in earnest.... Welcome to Crash.net's live commentary of FP1

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