Jenson Button believes the right decision was made in calling a halt to qualifying

Australian GP Qualy postponed until Sunday morning

Last Updated: 16/03/13 4:37pm

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Britain's Jenson Button believes the right decision was made in calling a halt to qualifying ahead of Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

The start to the new Formula One season was shrouded in chaos after heavy rain hit Melbourne's Albert Park, where the second and third sessions will be run early on Sunday, six hours ahead of the race.

"When it gets too wet for these tyres it doesn't matter what speed you drive around, you will aquaplane. The tyre cannot take a certain amount of water," said McLaren driver Button.

"That's especially the case when there is a river running across the circuit. You don't know where it is when you arrive.

"When it is that wet out there, there is no difference between the rivers and the circuit. It is like one big lake.

"And when you hit a river you are completely out of control. You might as well just close your eyes and take your hands off the steering wheel because the car does what it wants.

"That's not what Formula One racing is all about. It's about a guy trying to tame a 750 horsepower Formula One car, and in conditions where he can possibly tame it, because in this weather you can't.

"We're not in control of the situation."

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