Hamilton storms to Australian GP pole

World champion Lewis Hamilton secured the first pole position of the 2015 Formula One season with a commanding performance in Saturday's qualifying.

The Briton beat Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by nearly six tenths of a second, as the German was left powerless to match the world champion's pace.

Felipe Massa qualified in third for Williams, making it three Mercedes engines in the top three positions, although the Brazilian was over a second behind Hamilton.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was fourth in his first qualifying with the Italian squad, ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen and the second Williams of Valtteri Bottas.

Local hero Daniel Ricciardo had to be content with seventh place in the off-the-pace Red Bull.

Toro Rosso's rookie Carlos Sainz put on a solid performance in his first ever qualifying session, the Spaniard making into Q3 and finishing in eighth position ahead of the Lotus of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.

Despite missing the first practice session, Sauber's Felipe Nasr had an impressive debut, just missing the cut to go into Q3. The Brazilian will start from 11th position, ahead of the second Toro Rosso of Max Verstappen.

Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat had a disappointing first qualifying with his new team, the Russian finishing 13th ahead of the Force Indias of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.

McLaren suffered the embarrassment of qualifying last with both Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen, both knocked out in Q1 after being beaten by the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson, who was the third driver not to make the cut.

Button, who admitted on Friday he was hoping not to qualify on the last row of the grid, beat teammate Magnussen, but was still a full second off making it into Q2.

It will be the first time in its history that the Woking-based team has both its cars starting from the final row of the grid.

Despite working flat out to try to get their cars ready in time, the Manor team did not take to the track in qualifying either, meaning it will be unable to take part in the race tomorrow. 

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:26.327   16
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:26.921 0.594 14
3 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:27.718 1.391 21
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:27.757 1.430 12
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:27.790 1.463 17
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:28.087 1.760 16
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:28.329 2.002 22
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso-Renault 1:28.510 2.183 22
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Mercedes 1:28.560 2.233 20
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 1:29.480 3.153 20
  Q2 cut   1:28.726    
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.800 1.906 17
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Renault 1:28.868 1.974 15
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-Renault 1:29.070 2.176 9
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:29.208 2.314 14
15 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:29.209 2.315 13
  Q1 cut   1:30.430    
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:31.376 2.790 10
17 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1:31.422 2.836 7
18 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Honda 1:32.037 3.451 8

 

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Series Formula 1
Event Australian GP
Sub-event Saturday qualifying
Track Albert Park Circuit
Drivers Jenson Button , Kimi Raikkonen , Lewis Hamilton , Felipe Massa , Carlos Sainz , Nico Rosberg , Pastor Maldonado , Sebastian Vettel , Nico Hulkenberg , Sergio Perez , Romain Grosjean , Daniel Ricciardo , Marcus Ericsson , Valtteri Bottas , Felipe Nasr , Kevin Magnussen , Daniil Kvyat , Max Verstappen
Article type Breaking news