F1: Australian GP, Hamilton on the Pole, Ferrari’s Raikkonen, Vettel 2nd & 3rd

F1: Australian GP, Hamilton on the Pole, Ferrari’s Raikkonen, Vettel 2nd & 3rd

F1: Australian GP, Hamilton on the Pole, Ferrari’s Raikkonen, Vettel 2nd & 3rd

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Current world champion Lewis Hamilton (MBZAMG) took the Pole position for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne at record speed.

The Mr. Hamilton posted a lap record 1 min, 21.16 secs for the Top Spot on the grid ahead of Ferrari team mates Kimi Raikkonen and 4X world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) was 5th fastest but will start from 8th in the F1 season opener after being penalized 3 place grid penalty in Friday’s 2nd practice.

Max Verstappen (Red Bull) came 4th.

Haas F1 underlined their strong pace throughout the weekend by securing the 3rd row with Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.

Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg will start the race from 7th ahead of Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz (Renault) and MercedesAMG’s Valtteri Bottas, who brought out the Red Flags after a nasty crash at the start of Q-3.

Sunday’s Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix is scheduled for a start at 1610 local time/AEDT.

Provisional Starting Grid
Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m21.164s
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m21.828s 0.664s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m21.838s 0.674s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m21.879s 0.715s
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m23.187s 2.023s
6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m23.339s 2.175s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m23.532s 2.368s
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m22.152s 0.988s
9 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m23.577s 2.413s
10 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m23.692s
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m23.853s
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m24.005s
14 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m24.230s
15 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m24.786s
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m24.532s
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.556s
18 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.636s
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m24.922s
20 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m25.295s

Enjoy the racing.

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