Kimi Raikkonen put his Ferrari on pole position for the first Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne with a 1m26.072s. Double world champion Fernando Alonso will line up alongside him in his McLaren on the front row. His teammate Lewis Hamilton put in a formidable performance on his first qualifying to take fourth spot and was only three tenths slower than the Spaniard.
Sandwiched between the two McLarens is BMW's Nick Heidfeld whilst his teammate Robert Kubica and Giancarlo Fisichella in his Renault make up the top six. The most surprising result of the afternoon, however, was the performance of the Super Aguris as Takuma Sato qualified tenth whilst the young Brit Anthony Davidson claimed eleventh spot in his first full season in Formula One.