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Australia Pre-Qualifying Analysis

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The 1st Race of 2013, Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park

Free Practice Results
        FP1
FP2
1st
Vettel
Vettel
2nd
Massa
Webber
3rd
Alonso
Rosberg
4th
Hamilton
Raikkonen
5th
Webber
Grosjean
6th
Raikkonen
Alonso
7th
Rosberg
Hamilton
8th
Sutil
Massa
9th
Button
Sutil
10th
Grosjean
Hulkenburg
11th
Perez
Button
12th
Hulkenburg
di Resta
13th
di Resta
Perez
14th
Maldonado
Ricciardo
15th
Bottas
Gutierrez
16th
Guitierrez
Maldonado
17th
Vergne
Vergne
18th
Ricciardo
Bottas
The season opener is always difficult to make money on. Until racing starts it is guesswork to work out who has the quickest car. Serious betting is best avoided until around the 3rd race of the season.

Previous Winners
2012
Button
2011
Vettel
2010
Button
2009
Button
2008
Hamilton
2007
Raikkonen
2006
Alonso
2005
Fisichella
2004
Schumacher
2003
Coulthard
2002
Schumacher
The very speculative evidence from winter testing suggests Red Bull is just the quickest, followed by Ferrari, McLaren then Lotus with Mercedes being the wild card (as discussed in the Driver's Championship section). Free practice seems to confirm that Red Bull is very strong, and the McLaren is weak, whilst Ferrari and Mercedes are just ahead of Lotus. Although the McLaren usually does well here, it was very weak in the wet last year so will likely struggle in rain predicted by BBC weather predicts. The McLaren should definitely be avoided for fastest qualifier or race winner.

Even after free practice finished we still cannot be sure of pace. Most teams are still testing and setting up their cars. Only after the first qualifying session of the season will we have a rough idea of the pace of each team. Red Bull certainly look strongest but they are only a few tenths of a seconds ahead so there is no certainty. Betting on race winner at Australia after qualifying will be much less of a gamble, so skipping betting on qualifying is recommended.

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