Formula 1: Hamilton opened the season with pole position in Australia

Формула-1: Хэмилтон открыл сезон поулом в Австралии

The pilot “Mercedes” Lewis Hamilton won the qualification at the first Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne.

The first segment with a score of 1:22.017 won rookie “Ferrari” Charles LeClair, and in the relegation zone was Russell, Sainz, went Out, Stroll and Kubica, who returned to Formula 1 after 8 years of interruption due to accident and severe hand injury.

In the second segment, the pace was set already, the pilots of “Mercedes” – Hamilton did it in 1:21.014 and updated record of the track. The top 10 was no place for Kvyat, Giovinazzi, Elbon, ricciardo and Hulkenberg. To fight for the pole in full force passed the only “Mercedes”, “Ferrari” and “Haas”.

The decisive round of qualifying was held with unconditional advantage of a Mercedes. Hamilton in a last attempt to snatch the pole from the hands of teammate Bottas, and last year’s champion of the Grand Prix of Australia Sebastian Vettel had to be satisfied only to third place with a solid gap on Hamilton.

Pole in Melbourne was for Lewis Hamilton the 84th in his career. “Mercedes” in 60-th time on the basis of qualifications occupied the first row of the starting field.

Grand Prix of Australia. Qualifying results:

1. Lewis Hamilton (“Mercedes”) – 1.20,486 2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – +0,112 3. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) – +0,704

4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – +0,834 5. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – +0,956 6. Romain Grosjean (“Haas”) – +1,340 7. Kevin Magnussen (“Haas”) – +1,613 8. Lando Norris (McLaren) – +9 1,818. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) – +1,828 10. Sergio Perez (“Racing Point”) – +2,295

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