Qualifying postponed until Sunday morning

Saturday 16th March 2013, 07:54 by TF1T Staff 

The FIA has taken the decision to delay the remaining qualifying sessions, Q2 and Q3, until Sunday morning before the race due to heavy rain.

The session will be restarted at 11am local time (midnight GMT) to decide the grid after heavy downpours delayed qualifying for over 90 minutes before a final decision came from race control to postpone running.

Only the final six positions have been decided after Q1 managed to go ahead, albeit 20 minutes later than scheduled. However that session quickly turned into carnage as several cars span off the circuit, hitting the barriers and littering the track with debris.

Lewis Hamilton span at turn 2, damaging his rear-wing, but he managed to reverse his Mercedes to allow him to return to the pits.

Meanwhile Felipe Massa crashed heavily - but managed to get back to the pits - before Esteban Gutierrez made the same error at the same spot.

Both Caterhams also sustained damage following offs.

Qualifying - 2013 Australian Grand Prix:

#DriverTeamTimeGap to 1st
17. P. Maldonado Williams 1:47.614 +4.234
18. E. Gutierrez Sauber 1:47.776 +4.396
19. J. Bianchi Marussia 1:48.147 +4.767
20. M. Chilton Marussia 1:48.909 +5.529
21. G. van der Garde Caterham 1:49.519 +6.139
22. C. Pic Caterham 1:50.626 +7.246

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