Nico Rosberg keeps the silver arrows on top while Jenson Button moves McLaren ahead.

Nico_Rosberg-Australian_GP-2014-F01Yesterday we saw Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton top the first two practice sessions of the 1.6-litre turbocharged hybrid V6 engine era, whilst reigning world champions Red Bull showed much more promising pace and reliability than in testing. Williams, McLaren and Force India also all looked competitive.

As expected, however, several teams suffered technical issues, including Lotus and Caterham, both of whom had to make changes to parts of the Renault power units on their cars. Along with Marussia, Lotus also broke the curfew on extended working hours last night as they continued to prepare the E22 for qualifying.

In an enthralling hour of action at Albert Park, the German lapped in 1m 29.375s on the soft tyres to finish over a second ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button they were followed by Fernando Alonso for third, Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo for fourth and fifth respectively.

Pos.DriversTeamsTimeLaps
01.Deutschland Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas1:29.37515
02.United Kingdom Jenson ButtonMcLaren Mercedes1:30.76620
03.Spain Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:30.87611
04.United Kingdom Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas1:30.91913
05.Australia Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:30.97013
06.Deutschland Nico HulkenbergSahara Force India1:30.97816
07.Finland Kimi RaikkonenScuderia Ferrari1:31.15612
08.Denmark Kevin MagnussenMcLaren Mercedes1:31.25122
09.Mexico Sergio PerezSahara Force India1:31.66517
10.Brazil Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:31.72320
11.Russia Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso1:31.92517
12.Deutschland Sebastian VettelWilliams Martini Racing1:32.25514
13.France Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:32.41716
14.France Jules BianchiMarussia F1 Team1:34.18415
15.Deutschland Adrian SutilSauber F1 Team1:34.18816
16.Japan Kamui KobayashiCaterham F1 Team1:34.41319
17.United Kingdom Max ChiltonMarussia F1 Team1:34.71715
18.Venezuela Pastor MaldonadoLotus F1 Team1:34.75415
19.Sweden Marcus EricssonCaterham F1 Team1:36.15921
20.Finland Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racingno time2
21.Mexico Esteban GutierrezSauber F1 Teamno time2
22.France Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Teamno time4