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Fernando Alonso was running in the top 10 before being forced to retire, while there was a double DNF for Haas.
Former team-mates Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg fell short in Melbourne as they dropped out of qualifying in Q2 while Sauber were slowest of all.
Jolyon Palmer has blamed his “disaster” of a car after finishing slowest of all in qualifying the Australian Grand Prix.
Jolyon Palmer says he was caught “massively by surprise” when he lost the rear of his RS17 and hit the barrier at the Albert Park circuit.
There were top ten positions on the Friday timesheets in Australia for both Toro Rosso drivers, Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg.