Hamilton takes pole in style
TRIPLE world champion Lewis Hamilton will start off on pole in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after winning qualifying yesterday.
Hamilton in a MercedesAMG Petronas clocked a record lap of one minute 22.188 seconds to take his 62nd career pole and sixth in Australia into today’s race in Melbourne.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was second with Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas third.
Hamilton has been on pole in Melbourne in each of the last four seasons, and in five out the last six Australian GPs.
“It’s been a fantastic weekend so far. I’m incredibly proud of my team,” Hamilton said.
“Valtteri did a great job and it’s great for us as Mercedes. It’s going to be a tight race. The race is about putting all the work together and making sure I come back stronger than ever.”
He was pushed in the final Q3 stage first by Bottas and then by Vettel before clinching the fastest lap.
“I lost a bit in turn one and in turn nine I tried a bit too much, but I don’t think it would have been enough,” said Vettel, who claimed Ferrari’s first front row