Only team-mate, Fabian Coulthard, was quicker than Team BOC's Jason Bright at Albert Park today but that allusive 1-2 start will have to wait until another day.
Bright was issued a two-spot grid penalty after staying out an extra lap in today's first practice session meaning he will start tomorrow's race, at 11am, from fourth.
"It was a good lap, in fact I was contemplating not going back out for the last set of tyres because I thought it would be hard to knock off those times. As it turned out I had a grid penalty anyway because I didn't see the chequered flag in the first practice session and I did an extra lap. It would have been good to see me and [team-mate] Fabian [Coulthard] off the front row together for the first time but hopefully it won't be the last opportunity.
"The soft tyre around here wears pretty hard. The races aren't that long but nobody's got that much experience on the soft tyre with Car of the Future. The cars are moving around a lot more than we thought, which could prove harder on the tyres than last year."
2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix
ALBERT PARK GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT
MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge ? QUALIFYING
01 Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing, 1:55.6682*
02 Jason Bright, Team BOC, +0.3491
03 Shane Van Gisbergen , TEKNO Team VIP, +0.3762
04 Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Racing Australia, +0.5372
05 Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Racing Australia, +0.7545
06 David Reynolds, The Bottle-O FPR Ford, +0.9551
07 Jonathon Webb, Tekno Autosports, +1.0447
08 Scott McLaughlin, Fujitsu Racing GRM, +1.0541
09 Will Davison, Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford, +1.1511
10 Mark Winterbottom, Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford, +1.1943
Published: 14 March 2013.