McLaren could barely conceal their delight on Saturday at going from a team in crisis to having Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button on the front two rows of the grid with pretentions of winning the Australian Grand Prix.
Narain Karthikeyan will miss Formula One Australian Grand Prix here as his Hispania team car, which he drove without any pre-season test, failed to clear the cut-off timing in the qualifying session on Saturday.
None of the Force India drivers could get a top-10 result in the free practice session today ahead of the qualifying but Adrian Sutil is confident of securing a good place on the grid for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
The Australian Grand Prix delivered enough thrills and spills to quieten demands for more rule changes to Formula One, revving up a championship that seemed stuck in first gear at Bahrain`s dull season-opener.
Red Bull`s Sebastian Vettel took pole position at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday with team mate Mark Webber joining him on the front row for his home race. German Vettel, overall runner-up in the world championship last year, lapped the Albert Park circuit with a quickest time of one minute 23.919 for his second pole in two races this season. Ferrari`s Fernando Alonso will be third on the grid.
Red Bull driver Mark Webber buoyed home fans by recording the quickest lap in final practice at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday. Webber, bidding to become Australia`s first home winner, topped the timesheets with 16 minutes left in the hour-long session, then improved his mark twice to lap the Albert Park street circuit in one minute 24.719 under an overcast sky.