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Qualifying postponed until Sunday morning

Mar 16, 2013, 3:57 AM EDT

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UPDATE: The NBC Sports Network will air qualifying coverage at 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The race will air live at 2 a.m. ET.

Qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix has been postponed until Sunday morning after wet weather prevented the completion of all three sessions.

The teams did manage to get out for Q1 after a thirty minute delay, but many of the drivers struggled in the wet conditions. Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Pastor Maldonado, Felipe Massa, Giedo van der Garde and Esteban Gutierrez all went off, with the latter three drivers having to pit for repairs.

At the end of Q1, the FIA decided to delay the session once again to assess the conditions, only for the rain to intensify making the completion of qualifying impossible.

The results from Q1 will remain, leaving sixteen drivers competing in the rest of qualifying. As teams are under parc ferme conditions, they will not be able to make changes to their cars.

Q2 will get underway at 1100 local time (2000 EST), with the race starting six hours later.

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  1. muller665 - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Most of the times qualifying is the most exciting aspect of the F1 broadcast !!!

  2. muller665 - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Most of the times qualifying is the most exciting aspect of the F1 broadcast !!!

  3. moesi8 - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Very disappointing start to NBC coverage to not broadcast the actual qualifying live, which was one of the items advertised. F1 and motorsport can have delays and times may have to be adjusted. At least SPEED would change their programming. I hope you guys step up your game, you might be losing fans quickly if you are not flexible enough. Who wants to see the event 4.5 hours after it happened in the age of social media?

  4. gonetoearth007 - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    I miss SPEED! This coverage is very disappointing. The final qualifying runs should be shown live. F1 is more then just about the sunday “race” . This is not NASCAR….

  5. upshallfan - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    I was going to try and stream via the site, it is reliable for Hockey, but I bet not on F1. I went out this morning and bought a digital tv package to watch the live qualifying….so much for that.

  6. fw25b - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    go to you can stream it from skysports. Man I miss Speed’s live coverage. its on channel 16, a lot of pop ups though lol

  7. maxviva79 - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    NBC why did you spend so much money to get F1 away from SPEED when you had no intention really give the sport the respect it deserves… you have done a total crap job so far. I don’t want to see the guys talk and talk on about all the bull crap… I want to see the qualifying… LIVE!!!! I you said you would provide us… remember that???? way to waste your money… should have just left F1 to SPEED who, granted didn’t do such a great job but they were certainly better than you!!! shame on all of you at NBC for screwing up the best form of motor racing.

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