Two hours later it was finally time for the qualifying, all cars were out early setting times in Q1, the 7 cars who didn't make the cut was the usual suspects, HRT, Marussia and Caterham, who was joined by Kimi Raikkonen who made a mistake on his last run and didn't have time for a last lap.
In Q2 Alonso was fast out setting a time only to go off and get stuck in a sand trap and was due to that out of the picture very fast. His team mate Felipe Massa wasn't much better though as he didn't make it into Q3 and only made the 16th fastest time. Perez in one of the Saubers got a gearbox problem so he wasn't able to run in Q2 and he also got 5 places penalty for replacing it. The other four drivers who didn't make the cut was Paul di Resta who finished 15th, Bruno Senna at 14th, Kamui Kobayashi at 13th and Jean Eric Vergne at 11th.
Q3 started out with Hamilton setting a blazing fast 1:24:922 which was .7 of a second faster than the second runner after the first set of the option tyres. Red Bull didn't look too good but as Vettel usually are able to put down a great time at the end of qualifying nothing was set in stone yet. Going of for the second runs most of the drivers improved but no one was able to touch Hamilton's time, the closest one being Button about 1/10 of a second behind. As the last seconds of Q3 ran out Schumacher was at third but Grosjean who was out on his last lap managed to grab that spot which proves that the Lotus have a great car this year. The best placed Red Bull was Webber at 5th followed by Vettel and Rosberg who capped out the main contenders and possibly the cars who will battle for first in the race.
The HRT's didn't manage to finish within 107% of the fastest time in Q1 and won't be allowed in the race tomorrow.
Something noteworthy is that in the last five years the driver who got pole position in Australia have also been the Championship winner at the end of the season. So is this might be the year of Hamilton.