Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button locked out the front row of the grid to give McLaren the perfect start to the new Formula One season.
This is a dream start for the McLaren team with Hamilton and Jenson Button settling the front row. Hamilton’s fastest lap was 1:24.922 while Button’s was 1:25.074, ahead of Romain Grosjean, who finished a surprise third in his Lotus with 1:25.302. Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher was fourth on 1:25.336.
The session threw a lot of unexpected results with teams getting an idea of each others’ performance for the first time.
Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher qualifing fourth, ahead of the Red Bull pair of Mark Webber and reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel.
It was a bad qualifying session for Ferrari, with Fernando Alonso spinning off into a gravel trap early in session two and qualifying in 12th place, while Felipe Massa fared even worse, qualifying 16th.
Comeback driver Kimi Raikkonen also disappointed, qualifying in 18th place for Lotus.