Lewis Hamilton dominates F1 Australian Grand Prix qualifying to take pole
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes steal march on rivals after dominating qualifying for Australian Grand Prix to take pole place for season opener
By Jonathan Mcevoy for MailOnline
Printed: 07:06 GMT, 16 March 2019 | Up to date: 07:23 GMT, 16 March 2019
Lewis Hamilton started his title defence in emphatic type by taking a beautiful pole place for the Australian Grand Prix.
However one other Briton, newcomer Lando Norris, additionally lit up Melbourne simply because the five-time world champion did on his personal debut right here 12 years in the past.
Norris produced the most important second of his life in Albert Park, taking his substandard McLaren into the realms of the surprising. He certified ninth. His team-mate Carlos Sainz, with 81 race begins to his identify, supplied context by coming 18th of the 20 runners.
Lewis Hamilton took pole place for Mercedes for the opening race of the season
Norris, 19, was seemingly nerveless on the crunch moments in Q1 and Q2, pulling out laps that mark him out as a driver of immense promise.
No person since Hamilton on the primary nook of this monitor in 2007 has finished extra briefly glimpses of brilliance to lift the hopes of British motor racing followers. Norris’s profession might but fizzle out – we pray it received’t and must no cause to suppose it would – however his show beneath the Melbourne solar will stay a princely entry to cherish.
Ferrari got here to Australia buoyed by a perceived benefit via pre-season testing however Hamilton’s Mercedes group put the wind up their rivals from the primary apply session on Friday.
Hamilton, was quickest all through the weekend, needed to marshal a near-perfect final lap with team-mate Valtteri Bottas having a set a really brisk time to beat.
AUSTRALIAN GP QUALIFYING
1 Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 1:20.486
2 Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:20.598
three Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:21.190
Four Verstappen (Hol) Pink Bull 1:21.320
5 Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:21.442
6 Grosjean (Fra) Haas 1:21.826
7 Magnussen (Den) Haas 1:22.099
eight Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:22.304
9 Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo 1:22.314
10 Perez (Mex) Racing Level 1:22.781
11 Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:22.562
12 Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1:22.570
13 Albon (Tha) Toro Rosso 1:22.636
14 Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo 1:22.714
15 Kvyat (Rus) Toro …read more
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