Rain forces F1 Australian GP qualifying to Sunday

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 16, 2013 08:59 hrs

MELBOURNE: Qualifying for the Formula One season opener in Australia will be completed on Sunday after a series of rain delays and darkness prevented the second and third sessions being held on Saturday.

A wet first session of qualifying was completed after a half-hour delay, but a succession of delays of Q2 meant it was becoming too dark to hold the remaining sessions.

Both qualifying and race at the Australian Grand Prix begin at 5 p.m. local time to satisfy European television audiences.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg was fastest in Q1 ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Lotus' Romain Grosjean. Among the six drivers eliminated in the session was Williams driver Pastor Maldonado

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