A day earlier than usual, as the time difference between the UK and Australia means P3 will be at a very early hour.
Both P1 and P2 were dry, and there is the possibility of rain tomorrow for qualifying. If that is the case then obviously it could make it a bit of a lottery. The race, however, is expected to be dry.
In P1 Vettel refused to be anything but boringly predictable and was fastest, closely followed by Massa. Alonso was 3rd, followed by, Hamilton, Webber, Raikkonen and Rosberg. Sutil, Button and Grosjean rounded out the top 10, and Perez was 11th.
P2 saw Hungry Heidi (Vettel's car) remain at the top, ahead of Webber, Rosberg, Raikkonen and Grosjean. Alonso, Hamilton, Massa, Sutil and Hulkenberg were 6-10.
I'm a bit surprised by how poor the McLaren is. There were pace concerns, and these seem to be entirely genuine. The team is insisting that whilst the car is dodgy now (11th and 13th in P2) the foundation for the season as a whole is sound. We'll see.
At the moment Vettel is clearly favourite for pole. The battle for 2nd will be more interesting, and could perhaps go to Webber, Mercedes or Ferrari. Also worthy of note is Sutil's strong performance in the Force India, coming 8th and 9th, both times ahead of both McLarens.
P2 did see a bit of reliability go wrong for the Mercedes, which may be a problem for qualifying and/or the race. We'll have to wait and see.
Tyre degradation appeared to be much less than in the colder pre-season tests (as Raikkonen and Button foresaw). Although this means the comedy spectacle of half a dozen pit stops appears off the table tyre conservation will remain critical.
Vettel's odds for pole are just 1.76. Given it's a brand new season, and qualifying may be wet, (and my early season form tends to be ropey) I'm not tipping that or betting on it. If things play out broadly as expected I may have a tip in mind for the race, based on a couple of the possible grid results.
If the qualifying session is wet then it's anyone's guess as to how the cars and drivers cope with the different conditions. Last year the Ferrari, generally thought of as a dog, was actually pretty handy when the rain came down.
As Nigel said in the comments to the previous post, seeing who burns through what tyres (especially if qualifying's dry) could be useful when considering the race result.