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Fox Sports Richard Bayliss reports from the Australian F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne
THE practice sessions are over, it’s time for qualifying at Albert Park ahead of tomorrow’s Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
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Earlier on Saturday, Red Bull Racing rookie Daniel Ricciardo’s avoided a slide down the time sheets, surging to fifth-fastest in the final practice session.
The 24-year-old West Australian clawed his way back from 10th despite battling with steering problems.
Ricciardo took to the team radio late in the one-hour session asking for help to tweak the car’s differential.
But practice belonged to Mercedes No.2 Nico Rosberg (1:29.375) who completed 15 laps around the Melbourne street circuit.
Brit Jenson Button was next best (1:30.766), while Ferrari ace Fernando Alonso (1:30.876), Lewis Hamilton (1:30.919) and Ricciardo rounded out the top five.
Hamilton had excuses, stuck in traffic during his hot lap before tyre degradation ended his session.
World champion Sebastian Vettel (1:32.255) limped to the 11th quickest time.
The German set off on a wild hot lap late in the session, but his charge was short-lived when handling and acceleration issues put an end to his effort.
Sahara Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg (1:30.978) was the biggest mover – up four spots to sixth.
Embattled Lotus had another poor session with fiery Frenchman Romain Grosjean cursing his team over race radio.
Grosjean – currently 22nd – managed just three laps in the session, while teammate Pastor Maldonado only coasted around the Melbourne street circuit in the 18th best time.
Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber) and Grosjean (Lotus) failed to register a time.