Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, winner of the first race of the season in Bahrain two weeks ago, meets some colourful fans in Melbourne's Albert Park ahead of Saturday's qualifying session
Toro Rosso duo Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari meet their public in an autograph session with the fans
Jenson Button and an admirer both seem fascinated by something in the distance ahead of Saturday's qualifying at Albert Park
Perhaps Button has his mind on model girlfriend Jessica Michibata, seen here waiting for the world champion in the McLaren pit
While Mark Webber (foreground) gets ready to drive in front of his home crowd, Red Bull team chief Christian Horner starts to show the strain
To some Ferrari fans, the sight of Michael Schumacher in anything other than a red car is just not acceptable. The seven-time champion is heading into his second race with the new Mercedes team
Schumacher is unconcerned as he chats to triple world champion Niki Lauda, in trademark red cap. Wonder what the Austrian makes of Schumacher's shades, necklace and shirt combo?
The Ferrari mechanics are a blur of action as they practise their pit-stop routine - a critical issue this year with the refuelling ban meaning that tyre changes could decide race wins
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who was forced out two laps from the end of last year's race after a clash with Robert Kubica, watches as his own pit crew get to work on his RB6
In contrast with his exit from Albert Park the previous day, when his driving caused the police to impound his Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton attempts to keep a low profile on his return to the McLaren garage
When the drivers get out on the track for the final practice session, Mark Webber makes his intentions clear with a lap two tenths of a second faster than anyone else
Hollywood star John Travolta, with marker pen brandished for autographs, proves a hit with the fans as qualifying nears
Travolta heads off to do some star-spotting of his own and grabs some time with Mark Webber
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton tries to get a message across to his engineers, but with questionable success as he fails to reach third qualifying.
Nico Rosberg's Mercedes turns into a lawnmower as the German goes on an unexpected off-track adventure.
Hispania are still battling away at the very back of the grid with Bruno Senna checking every avenue for a way of closing the 0.341-second gap on Virgin Racing's Lucas di Grassi
If you're happy and you know it.... Mark Webber's face tells a story as team-mate Sebastian Vettel (right) claims pole position in Webber's home Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso turns to Ferrari legend, now Mercedes figurehead, Michael Schumacher for advice on how to break the Red Bulls' grip
Vettel will hope to be the centre of the media's attention again come the end of the race on Sunday