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Marcus Foley
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And that’s your lot. What a great day – difficult weather and a great drive from Hamilton and Ricciardo.

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Yup, the Brit takes it with a time of 1:44.231. So that sees Ricciardo into second and Rosberg third. Ricciardo was on the intermediates while the Mercedes were on full wets.

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Albert Park roars Ricciardo round and he takes provisional pole with a 1:44.548 but Hamilton is still flying round. Can Hamilton steal it from the home race?

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Hamilton moves to the top of the timesheets with a 1:45.335 – before Rosberg hits the front but Hamilton has one last flying lap.

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Nico Hulkenberg of Force India in the intermediates sits in fourth with a 1:46.834 – what a drive from the German.

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Rosberg makes it a Mercedes one-two with a 1:45.550 as Alonso changes from intermediates to full wets.

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Hamilton is top with a 1:45.335 as home hope Ricciardo sits in second with a time of 1:46.107.

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Kvyat goes seventh with a 1:44.331 with both Toro Rosso drivers in the top ten shoot out.

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Rosberg continues his good form with a time of 1:42.264 to lead the timesheets.

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Alonso on the intermediates while everyone else is on full wets.

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Q3 underway with the rain now tipping down.

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Rosberg was quickest in the middle of all that madness with Vettel’s teammate Ricciardo in second and Alonso third.

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Button, Raikkonen, Vettel, Sutil, Kobayashi and Perez fail to make Q3.

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Vettel only makes 12th – he fails to make the top ten due to that crash. Button also out. Incredible.

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Raikkonen into the wall and the yellow flags are out – Vettel could miss out on the top ten now.

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Vettel languishing in 12th following a 1:47.261 as gets a fresh set of tyres on.

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Button, who always excels at Albert Park, scuttles round in a time of 1:44.437 to make a Brit one-two at the top of the sheets but Ricciardo supersedes that almost immediately with a 1:44.031. Track beginning to dry out now.

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Scrap that! Hamilton goes fastest with a time of 1:44.662; while teammate Rosberg is in second with a 1:44.938.

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Bottas, who, of course, has that five-place grid penalty, goes quickest with 1:45.689 as the Mercedes struggle to show any kind of wet weather pace.

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Ricciardo is again at the head of the timesheets with a time of 1:46.646 – Hamilton makes a 1:47.556 while Jenson Button’s 1:48.950 sees him into 10th.

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Lots of spray on the track following that shower meaning that the drivers are carefully navigating their way round.

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Daniil Kvyat out on the full wets.

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Q2 gets underway as the majority of racers – led by Felipe Massa – start with the intermediate compounds.

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Of course these times will now zero but Chilton, Bianchi, Gutierrez, Ericsson, Grosjean and Maldonado are the men that miss out.

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The rain looks to have confirmed our order for Q1.

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Everyone is in the pits bar Gutierrez.

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Maldonado spins into the gravel but manages to regain control of the car – Lotus have claimed to be a month behind in its preparations and it looks like he and teammate Romain Grosjean will fail to make Q2.

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Alonso goes fourth with a time of 1:31.388 as the rain begins to get heavier.

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The rain begins to trickle down as we enter the business end of Q1.

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Maldonado yet to set a time and is the only driver not to do so – he is out on track now though.

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Vettel clipped a wall on his lap there meaning he is 1.6 seconds down on his teammate.

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A 1:32.109 sees Vettel into seventh.

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Daniel Ricciardo goes quickest in his home GP with a 1:30.775 as Vettel comes out on the softs – that is the first time that has happened in quite some time. Team boss Christian Horner has said that the team’s aim is to get into Q3 – and the selection of softs lays bare Red Bull’s troubles this year.

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Kevin Magnussen now goes fastest with a 1:30.949, Magnussen carries his good form from pre-season testing into the first weekend of the season.

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The threat of rain has died but the drivers will have to deal with a wind of up to 35mph as Felipe Mass goes quickest on the soft tyres - 1:31.549 for the Brazilian.

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The only driver not out on track in defending champion Seb Vettel.

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Valtteri Bottas & Esteban Gutierrez have been given five-place grid penalties for changing their gearboxes in FP3, as a few cars get out early.

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And we are off!

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Mercedes appear to be the team to beat after Nico Rosberg was quickest in FP3 – this was of course after Lewis Hamilton had set the quickest time in FP2.

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Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of qualifying for Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix from Albert Park.