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Thanks for joining us today. Plenty more action to come from Melbourne tomorrow with the race itself. It promises to be a cracker with Sebastian Vettel looking in top, top form.

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So, Vettel is on pole for the Australian Grand Prix after a superb qualifying display! Hamilton joins him on the front row with Webber in third. Button follows ahead of Alonso, Petrov, Rosberg, Massa, Kobayashi and Buemi!

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Hamilton gets onto the front row right at the death at the expense of Webber!

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Alonso moves up to fifth only after a poor end to the lap. And the top four is still intact.

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Rosberg jumps into fifth while Alonso looks good in the first two sectors...

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Yellow flag is out as Massa spins on his way out of the pits and ends up facing the wrong way!

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After the Red Bulls come the McLarens, followed by Rosberg and Buemi at the moment.

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Webber then puts in a 1:24.395 to go second. At the moment it's a Red Bull front row!

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Hamilton 1:24.501 to go top provisionally. But Vettel eclipses that with a stunning 1:23.529! What a lap from the world champion!

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Hamilton locks his front wheel up but that shouldn't affect his time too much.

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The temperature is still relatively low out on track.

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So here we go for the final shootout, which will be contested by Vettel, Hamilton, Webber, Button, Alonso, Kobayashi, Petrov, Massa, Rosberg and Buemi.

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Also failing to make it into the shootout are Alguersuari, Perez, Di Resta, Maldonado Sutil and Barrichello, meaning Buemi makes it!

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Schumacher fails to get into the top 10... despite putting in his fastest time on his final lap. He remains 11th!

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Sutil spins but somehow manages to keep his car out of the wall! And that means he will drop out...

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Schumacher drops out of the top 10 as Petrov storms into sixth!

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Buemi and Alguersuari are the two surprise names in the top 10 at the moment. Otherwise, it's the Red Bulls, the McLarens, Mercedes and Ferraris.

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Rosberg flies round a corner and goes very close to clipping the wall... he just about gets away with it!

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Webber's not in danger through and he goes quick to clock a 1:24.658 to slip into second place.

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Vettel posts a 1:24.090! Seven drivers still to post a time, Mark Webber is one of them.

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The soft tyres are degrading badly out there and they're leaving plenty of debris on the track. Vettel looking good once again now.

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Hamilton is the fastest man in sector one so far... 1:25.522 and he's fastest overall in this Q2 session.

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Webber and Vettel are back into the pits, without having set a lap time.

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Barrichello makes an error at turn 3 and he spins out onto gravel! That's the end of his qualification session and he'll most likely now start from 17th on the grid.

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Alonso and Massa are back out with a new set of the soft tyres on their cars - their second new set of the session.

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Here we go! Q2 is underway and another seven cars will drop out in the next 15 minutes.

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1:25.296 is the time to beat, set by world champion Sebastian Vettel.

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So too do Kovalainen, Trulli, Glock, d'Ambrosio and the Hispania pair of Liuzzi and Karthikeyan. Q2 coming right up...

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Massa is out of the woods as he jumps to 11th. It's Heidfeld who will miss out on Q2.

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Heidfeld too is struggling and on the brink of dropping out!

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Vettel still sits on top as Massa struggles - he's currently in 17th and he needs to pull something out of the bag quickly!

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Kobayashi is absolutely flying! Less so Liuzzi, as a part of his car goes flying across the track!

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Kobayashi storms into third! That's a surprise as he breaks into the upper echelons!

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The Hispanias are really struggling, a good two seconds behind the drivers who currently sit at the back.

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Schumacher nevertheless goes fifth, ahad of Alguersuari and Ferrari duo Alonso and Massa.

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Schumacher looks like he's struggling to get to grips with the DRS...

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Ten minutes to go of Q1 and Mark Webber goes fourth behind Button in third. Vettel has improved his time to 1:25.296.

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Most of the frontrunner are using the harder of the Pirelli tyres...

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And Vettel's Red Bull team-mate soon clocks the second fastest lap of the session. Hamilton in third for the time being.

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Heidfeld runs off at turn six as Vettel puts in a 1:26.657 to go top.

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Both Hispanias have taken to the track after the disappointment of the practice sessions.

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Petrov posts a 1:29.463 - a solid enough time to get us under way!

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Here goes Petrov on his first lap. He's one of 10 cars out on track at the moment.

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Here we go! Q1 is under way!

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Hello and welcome back to our live coverage of the Australian Grand Prix, with the all important qualifying session coming up!