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Rosberg quickest in Q1 before stoppage

Mar 16, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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Before the decision was taken to postpone qualifying until Sunday morning, Nico Rosberg set the quickest time of the session in the wet conditions. The Mercedes driver posted a best time of 1:43.380 on the intermediate tires as a drying line began to emerge towards the end of the session.

Following a thirty minute delay, Mercedes lined up at the end of the pit lane in order to avoid the rush, and this move paid off as Rosberg and teammate Lewis Hamilton both set good times on the wet tires. Despite battling a congested track, many of the drivers went close to the Silver Arrows’ times, with Vettel, Vergne and Alonso all vying for top spot during the early part of the session.

Although the conditions were catching many of the drivers out, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta opted to move onto the intermediates, and once Button had gone quickest the rest of the field followed suit to fit the blue-ringed tires.

It was a question of being the last man to take the chequered flag on a drying line. Williams driver Pastor Maldonado was caught out and subsequently eliminated. The final flurry of times failed to see much change due to a yellow flag caused by Esteban Gutierrez who had hit the wall, with the Mexican driver also dropping out in Q1. Marussia managed to stay out late and outqualify closest rivals Caterham, and the yellow flags may have hindered their final efforts.

Edging through were Valtteri Bottas and Adrian Sutil, both of whom will be pleased to have a shot at making Q3 tomorrow.

Qualifying will resume tomorrow morning in Melbourne, with six drivers being eliminated in Q2 before the top ten shootout for pole position.

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  1. tifosi58 - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    What time is the qualifying being broadcast (Pacific)?

    • Tony DiZinno - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      8 pm EST would be 5 pm PST when the session resumes.

  2. crawfordaaron - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Maybe some formula 1 content could be shown on NBC Live extra?? I have really enjoyed the 2008 national dog show, but this seems to be more relevant content? Right now you would never guess that NBC has the rights to F1 based on the streaming content.

  3. f1polesitter - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Wake up NBC – let your customers know if your gonna be showing live coverage!!!!!!

  4. red70vette - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    I agree with f1polesitter. NBC needs to be out there with an updated schedule for qualifying.

  5. jeannemb714 - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    why is it so difficult to put in a post of when the restart of qualifying will be shown on TV? I am betting they won’t bother just do their already scheduled replay…so not live. F1 Go back to SPEED

    • f1polesitter - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      At least they could have the decency to let the viewing public know!!

      • f1polesitter - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        Come on NBC, show it live at 8:00 – demonstrate to us all that you’re seriously committed to offering the F1 viewer superior coverage.

  6. cuffyf1 - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Chop Chop NBC…don’t let us down!

  7. italianosporco - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    New F1 qualifying time is 8:00pm EST and NBC apparently won’t broadcast live. I knew this would happens with NBC. Speed channel where are youuuu? I already miss Speed

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