Hamilton claims Melbourne pole

Hamilton claims Melbourne pole

Lewis Hamilton smashed the all-time lap record of the Albert Park circuit to put his Mercedes on pole for the Formula 1 season opener.

The Friday pacesetter looked to be under stiff competition from Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari and Max Verstappen’s Red Bull, with the three drivers split by six-hundredths-of-a-second following the first runs in Q3.

But Hamilton found eight tenths of a second on his second lap to set a 1:21.164, putting him 0.664s clear from his nearest rival which was eventually Kimi Raikkonen, who beat team-mate Vettel to the front row.

Verstappen was fourth, 0.715s off Hamilton’s pole time, but his lap included a wide moment at Turn 13. Both he and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who was fifth fastest, set their Q2 laps on the supersoft tyre which they will start the race on.

Ricciardo will start eighth after his 3-place grid penalty is applied, which he picked up on Friday for speeding under red flag conditions.

Related Post

Rosberg takes pole in barcelona
views 73
Nico Rosberg became the first driver this year to beat Lewis Hamilton on a Saturday afternoon when he took a comfortable pole position in Spain. Rosbe...
IPL: Mumbai Beat Punjab for 3rd Win
views 73
Mumbai Indians grabbed their third win of the 2016 Indian Premier League Twenty20 campaign on Monday, beating Kings XI Punjab by 25 runs. Parthiv Pat...
views 25
Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal in control of Europa League quarter-final against CSKA Moscow.
Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
views 55
Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The victory was the German's third in a row, giving...
Evergreen Kumar Sangakkara scores 11th Test double ton
views 146
If there is a special player in current modern day cricket who makes even tough situations look simple, it is Kumar Sangakkara. The Sri Lankan southpa...