One comment about Ferrari - they have a shorter wheelbase this year. Other teams have longer wheelbases. So maybe Ferrari's traditional speed at Melbourne is no longer. And that come Malaysia - the normal litmus test - they will have their speed back. The Ferrari's have seemed nervous under brakes. Maybe that's related to not having the same energy on the tyres when not going flat out? Such a setup would help lessen tyre wear too, but at Melbourne, it might cost rear stability under brakes. Just my theory though.
I said some time ago BMW would surprise!
Who knows about race pace - but we'll see. I hope they are quick, because their car is so different, they deserve to get an advantage for being so brave.
Bad luck to Ferrari and Red Bull, and Toyota (gearbox) and Torro Rosso (gearbox I think) and who ever else had problems. Seems the FIA reliability scheme hasn't quite kicked in yet. Goodness knows why the most unreliable part of an F1 car - the gearbox - has been hit with a 4 race reliability penalty. Its an FIA prize for the advanced teams IMO. Curiously, the team most advanced in gearboxes is McLaren. I don't like the rule though. And with the hybrids coming, I doubt the rule is saving any money - its likely making things more expensive.
Tomorrow will be hot again, much more than today, but a lot less than Friday. It will be windier than today too, but the wind will come from about 180 degrees different direction, so the tail wind upsetting cars under brakes won't be happening at the same position, if at all. The breeze should come in the afternoon, but well before the race starts. It will cool things down somewhat too.
The cars as expected are closer too each other this year, mostly I presume because the teams are understanding the tyres better.
it was a very exciting qualifying, but general disbelief and annoyance that once again MW's RBR failed. Still its better happening there than in the race - and same for Kimi. And the rest of those that had problems.