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F1 Australian Grand Prix - Qualifying - As it happened

F1 Australian Grand Prix - Qualifying - As it happened

Last Updated: 09 Apr 2022 - 08:46

Follow final practice and qualifying for the 2022 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix with Crash.net's live blog.

Formula 1 will race in Melbourne for the first time since 2019 for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

F1's last visit in 2020 was cut short amid the coronavirus pandemic but we're back at one of the drivers' favourite venues. 

While it has often been the season-opener, Albert Park hosts round three of this season's F1 world championship after back-to-back grands prix in the Middle East.

Bahrain kick-started the season with Charles Leclerc coming out on top ahead of Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz to take Ferrari's first 1-2 finish since the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix.

A week later in Saudi Arabia, F1 champion Max Verstappen took to the top after an intense duel with Leclerc at the front.

Heading into this weekend's race, F1 races at a heavily-revised Albert Park circuit with an unprecedented four DRS zones.

The track has been modified significantly with a number of corners widened and altered to improve wheel-to-wheel racing at the front of the field.

Lap times are expected to be at least four to five seconds quicker but the barriers remain close to the track, offering drivers are difficult challenge this weekend.

In terms of who will come out on top at the front, Ferrari and Red Bull will no doubt remain the teams to beat, while Mercedes - who was expected to introduce a number of upgrades for this weekend - hasn't.

The midfield battle looks tighter than ever but Alpine will be hoping its new floor will tip the edge in its favour as it looks to move clear of Haas and Alfa Romeo.

Haas has no spare chassis so Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen will need to be on their best behaviour.

Aston Martin welcomes back Sebastian Vettel after he missed the opening two races of the year. 

Vettel was ruled out of the Bahrain and Saudi Arabia rounds through covid but is back for this weekend having won in Australia on three previous occasions.

Finally, home hero Daniel Ricciardo will be hoping to get his season off the mark after failing to score so far in 2022.

Previous F1 Australian Grand Prix winners: 

2020-2021: Not held 

2019: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 

2018: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 

2017: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

2016: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 

2015: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 

2014: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 

2013: Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 

2012: Jenson Button (McLaren) 

2011: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 

2010: Jenson Button (McLaren) 

Most F1 Australian Grand Prix wins 
Michael Schumacher: 4 wins (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004) 

Sebastian Vettel: 3 wins (2011, 2017, 2018) 

Jenson Button: 3 wins (2009, 2010, 2012) 

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Full 2022 F1 calendar

March 18-20 - Round 1

Bahrain Grand Prix

March 25-27 - Round 2

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

April 8-10 - Round 3

Australian Grand Prix

April 22-24 - Round 4

Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix

May 6-8 - Round 5

Miami Grand Prix

May 20-22 - Round 6

Spanish Grand Prix

May 27-29 - Round 7

Monaco Grand Prix

June 10-12 - Round 8

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

June 17-19 - Round 9

Canadian Grand Prix

July 1-3 - Round 10

British Grand Prix

July 8-10 - Round 11

Austrian Grand Prix

July 22-24 - Round 12

French Grand Prix

July 27-29 - Round 13

Hungarian Grand Prix

August 26-28 - Round 14

Belgian Grand Prix

September 2-4 - Round 15

Dutch Grand Prix

September 9-11 - Round 16

Italian Grand Prix

September 30-October 2 - Round 17

Singapore Grand Prix

October 7-9 - Round 18

Japanese Grand Prix

October 21-23 - Round 19

United States Grand Prix

October 28-30 - Round 20 

Mexican Grand Prix

November 11-13 - Round 21 

Brazilian Grand Prix

November 18-20 - Round 22

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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08:46

That concludes our qualifying coverage. We will be back tomorrow morning for the race.

See you then.

08:46
08:33

It's pole for Leclerc ahead of Verstappen, Perez, Norris, Hamilton, Russell, Ricciardo, Ocon, Sainz and Alonso.

08:32

Leclerc takes it back - what a lap! It's pole position for the Ferrari driver.

08:31

It's provisional pole for Verstappen - can Leclerc respond?

08:30

It's now time to see what Verstappen can do.

08:30

Russell moves up to fourth ahead of Ricciardo and Mercedes teammate Hamilton.

08:29

It's P2 for Perez - he misses out by just 0.001s.

08:28

Let's see what Perez can do then.

08:25

Q3 is back underway at Albert Park!

08:20

The session will restart in five minutes' time.

08:16
08:14

Alonso reports over team radio: "I lost the hydraulics. I couldn't change gear"

08:13

Current order: Leclerc, Perez, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Ocon, Norris, Hamilton, Sainz, Russell and Alonso.

08:12

Red flag - Alonso has just crashed after going quickest in S2.

08:12

Leclerc goes quickest with a 1m18.239s ahead of Perez.

08:10

Perez takes provisional pole with a 1m18.398s, 0.001s ahead of Verstappen.

08:10

Verstappen was on a stormer but a mistake at the penultimate corner! 

08:09
08:07

Time for Q3 then... a lot of complaints about the lowering sun.

08:00

Out in Q2: Gasly, Bottas, Tsunoda, Zhou and Schumacher.

07:59

Chequered flag out for Q2...

07:56

Leclerc slots into second behind Perez - 0.266s off the pace.

07:55

FIA confirms Perez will be investigated after the session for failing to slow under yellow flags.

 

07:54