Australian GP - Disappointment in qualifying
Melbourne, 17 March – It will be an all-McLaren front row to the grid for the Australian Grand Prix, the opening round of the Formula 1 World Championship. Lewis Hamilton took pole in a time of 1.24.922 ahead of team-mate Jenson Button (1.25.074.) Third place at the Albert Park circuit went to the Lotus of Romain Grosjean (1.25.302.) The two F2012s will face an uphill struggle, as Fernando Alonso (1.26.494) ended up stuck in a gravel trap shortly after the start of Q2 and starts from twelfth place, while Felipe Massa qualified sixteenth in 1.27.497.