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Summary

  1. Hamilton on pole, Rosberg 2nd, Vettel 3rd, Raikkonen 4th
  2. New qualifying elimination format ends with no cars on the track
  3. Format comes under criticism as drivers choose not to respond to times set
  4. Kvyat out in Q1, McLarens out in Q2, Toro Rossos in Q3
  5. Race live on 5 live and online on Sunday from 03:30 GMT

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That seems as good a place as any to put a stop to our coverage of qualifying, but we'll be back for build-up to the first race of the season tomorrow at 03:30 GMT.

    Plenty of reaction to come on the new qualifying format, so keep an eye here and hopefully you will join me in the middle of the night tomorrow.

    Cheers!

  2. Post update

    Also, just realised you mentioned Fernando Alonso in your tweet Colin, he wasn't in the original question.

    That leads me on to another interesting fact: Alonso has never been on pole in Australia, despite racing in all but one race there since 2001.

    Just smashing out the early-morning knowledge here.

  3. Post update

    Here's the answer to the quiz question I gave at 08:46: What do Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Mika Hakkinen and Nigel Mansell all have in the common?

    They all have three Australian GP poles to their name.

    No-one got it right but there was only Colin who played along. Cheers Colin.

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    I never did get the hang of this, which in turn meant I never got chance to find out if re-recording did result in fade away.

  5. Saving tyres

    Here's Sebastian Vettel explanation for why he didn't bother going out to try and beat Lewis Hamilton's pole-clinching time:

    "We had to go out again in Q2 so I think the fact that we called it off in Q3 was due to the fact that I had a good lap on the first try and we wanted then to save a set of tyres for tomorrow.

    "Obviously, we would have liked to do it with only one run in Q2 but it wasn’t strong enough so I had to go out again, so that’s a fact, it was not due to the new format but I think in general, as I said earlier, it’s just wrong when the clock’s ticking and nobody’s on track." 

  6. Just got up? A summary...

    As there is a good chance a few of you are just working up, here's summary of what has happened this morning:

    • New format - where a driver eliminated every 90s  - used for the first time in qualifying
    • System results in no drivers on track for final couple of minutes, with Lewis Hamilton having already secured pole
    • Drivers and team bosses criticise the format
    • I ran out of biscuits
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    Interesting suggestion...

  8. A quiz before we go

    F1

    Right, we'll be wrapping things up soon but before we do, here's a little quiz question: What do Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen, Nigel Mansell and Sebastian Vettel have in common when it comes to Australian Grand Prix qualifying history?

    Let us know via #bbcf1

  9. Post update

    Wondering what F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone thinks about the new qualifying format, and whether it worked?

    Autosport's Ian Parkes has managed to speak to Ecclestone, who is not in Australia, and this is what he had to say:

    "It was pretty crap. But this is what we've got, until we can change it," he said.

    "I watched it, but I have to say I wasn't enthusiastic about it from day one.

    "The only thing about this [format] is that the quick guys could have run off the road, or done anything a little bit silly, and then you would get a mixed-up grid, which is what we wanted.

    "It just happens that Mercedes are still very, very good."

  10. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    F1

    Lewis Hamilton thinks something "definitely" needs to change about the new F1 qualifying format.

    "Bring us some tyres, make us all use those tyres, give us more laps so people are constantly watching," he says.

    Listen to Hamilton on BBC Radio 5 live here.

  11. Get involved

    #moreconfusingthanqualifying

    Hopscotch!

    Funny word, hopscotch, when you think about it.

    Hopscotch.

    Hop.

    Scotch.

  12. Post update

    Reaction to the new qualifying format is continuing to drop in.

    Sebastian Vettel doesn't feel it is the right way to go, adding: "We all knew what was going to happen. I didn't think it was very exciting. 

    "And in the end for the people in the grandstands, I don't feel it's the right way to go."

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  14. Post update

    F1

    Another Ayrton Senna record Lewis Hamilton is closing in on. 

    That pole - the 50th of his career - was his first since the Italian GP last year. That was back in September. 

    Quite the wait.

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  16. Worst decision in F1?

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    #moreconfusingthanqualifying

    I think you'll find that should be fully nonlinear second-order elliptic partial differential equations. *

    * I may or may not have taken the first result that came up on an internet search here, so I could be wrong...

  18. Palmer makes an impression

    Jolyon Palmer

    Away from qualifying format chat briefly and a shout out to Jolyon Palmer, what a debut!

    The Briton was 14th in his first F1 qualifying session, outqualifying his team-mate Kevin Magnussen.

    Palmer has quite the story to tell about his path towards racing, having been in a coma and close to death when he was 16. Worth reading more about it him here.

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    #moreconfusingthanqualifying

    The elimination aspect of Q3 really did not work for me. Losing that would, in my view, be a step in the right direction to improving the new format.

    What are your thoughts? Also, for a bit of light relief, what exists in the world exists that is more confusing than qualifying?

  20. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "For what it's worth, I thought the knock-out format actually improved Q1 & Q2 but ruined Q3."