Daniel Ricciardo has scored a sensational seventh place in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix after a series of practice sessions fraught with unreliability and poor pace.

McLaren has recorded its worst qualifying performance since Monaco 1983 after locking out the back row of the grid at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix.

Mercedes continued to lead the way in free practice three, while local favourite Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull Racing team again struck trouble.

Ferrari is one step closer to a near-miraculous rejuvenation in 2015 after two solid sessions of Friday practice at the Australian Grand Prix.

McLaren has suffered a torrid Friday at the Australian Grand Prix, with no recovery to its pre-season woes in sight.