Even as he tried to fall back on the ol' "I'm grateful to the team for giving me a great car, blah blah blah" mode, you could tell Rosberg was crushed under the weight of the 6/10th Hamilton bested him by in Melbourne.
In his first run in Q3 Rosberg had an issue in the second to last corner an had to abort the lap. From his reaction at the press conference one might suspect Rosberg blamed that on a technical issue rather than a driver mistake but, either way, he was never faster than Lewis all session.
Of course everyone else got squashed too, P3 Massa was 1.3 seconds down to Mercedes, still a huge gap and, considering Williams have a the same engine, a testament to Aldo Costa's chassis.
Real close at Ferrari: P4 and P5 with Vettel and Raikkonen only 3/100th apart, The fight between the two Williams and two Ferraris should be very entertaining tomorrow.
Red Bull struggled with engine issues (or is it software issues?) and were happy to be in Q3 at
all, at least with one car.
And then there was McLaren, six seconds off the pace. It's entirely possible Manor would wave been faster had they been able to start their cars (a whole other ridiculous story).
It's hard to picture Alonso, putting down the selfie stick and showing up to race a car that would be lapped after 15 laps of so.
But, as they say in Italy: "You wanted the bicycle? Now pedal"
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.327s -
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.921s 0.594s
3 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m27.718s 1.391s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m27.757s 1.430s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m27.790s 1.463s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m28.087s 1.760s
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m28.329s 2.002s
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.510s 2.183s
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m28.560s 2.233s
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m29.480s 3.153s
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.800s -
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.868s -
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m29.070s -
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m29.208s -
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m29.209s -
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m31.376s -
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m31.422s -
18 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Honda 1m32.037s -