Lewis Hamilton's eventful Australian Grand Prix weekend continued in the second phase of knock-out qualifying after he failed to lap fast enough to make the top ten shoot-out.
The Briton found himself playing catch-up after aborting an early flying lap and, despite hauling himself into the top ten next time he ventured out, he was on ageing tyres when he needed to respond to improvements around him towards the end of the 15-minute session. His fate was sealed, however, when his fuel load prevented a final effort, leaving the 2008 world champion eleventh and done for the day.
Hamilton joins Toro Rosso team-mates Sebastien Buemi (twelfth) and Jaime Alguersuari (17th), the two Saubers - Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi taking 14th and 16th respectively - Tonio Liuzzi and Nico Hulkenberg in missing the cut.
The pace was again set by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, with team-mate Mark Webber claiming second spot ahead of Fernando Alonso and Hamilton's McLaren team-mate Jenson Button. Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher will also feature in the battle for pole, along with Felipe Massa, Rubens Barrichello, Force India's Adrian Sutil and Renault's Robert Kubica.