Australian GP: Final starting grid
|Saturday, March 15th 2014, 10:44 GMT|
Gearbox penalties for Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez are the only changes to the Australian Grand Prix grid line-up after 2014's first Formula 1 qualifying session.
The possibility of a much more mixed-up grid had arisen when stewards investigated fourth and fifth-placed qualifiers Kevin Magnussen and Fernando Alonso, plus world champion Sebastian Vettel, for alleged driving infringements.
But Magnussen and Vettel were both cleared of failing to slow for yellow flags, while the stewards concluded that Alonso had not impeded Gutierrez as suggested.
Sauber driver Gutierrez had only qualified 19th, so will drop to last with the applicaton of his 'five-place' gearbox change penalty after a problem on Saturday morning.
Bottas was 10th fastest and therefore falls to 15th. His Williams ran into gearbox trouble early in final practice.
The Finn's demotion helps Vettel, but the reigning F1 world champion will still only start 12th after software issues hampered him in qualifying.
His new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo qualified second, between the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Final Australian Grand Prix grid:
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 4. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 6. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 7. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 8. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 9. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 10. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 11. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 12. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 13. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 14. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 15. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes* 16. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 17. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 19. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 20. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 21. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 22. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari* * Gearbox change penalty