The Renault RS27 engine will start the season-opening Australian Grand Prix from third position, as Lotus F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean put in a remarkable performance on his Grand Prix return.
Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber will start his home race from fifth, lining up just ahead of team mate and reigning world champion, Sebastian Vettel.
Renault’s new partners, Williams F1 Team, had a strong qualifying session, with Pastor Maldonado making his first entrance into Q3 since the 2011 British Grand Prix. The Venezuelan starts tomorrow’s 58 lap race from eighth. Bruno Senna will start from 14th position in front of Paul di Resta and the Ferrari of Felipe Massa.
In an incredibly close field, Kimi Raikkonen made a small mistake in the final sector of his final lap through turn 11 and ran out of time to make a further attempt at getting out of Q1. The Finn will start his first Australian Grand Prix for Lotus F1 Team from 18th position.
Caterham F1 Team will start with Heikki Kovalainen in 19th and new recruit Vitaly Petrov in 20th. Heikki’s time was almost two seconds quicker than the next car, the Marussia of Timo Glock, demonstrating the continued progress of the team towards the midfield.