Formula One: Rain forces Australian Grand Prix qualifying to Sunday


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

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.

Race control at Melbourne's Albert Park announced delay after delay before deciding Q2 and Q3 will now take place tomorrow at 11am local time (midnight GMT).

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.