2015 AUSTRALIAN GP: HAMILTON ON POLE, MERCEDES AMG 1.4 SECONDS AHEAD

Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position for the Australian Grand Prix from his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton now becomes the most successful driver in the history of qualifying at Melbourne, with four pole positions at the circuit. Since 2005, the race has been won from pole six times, while the lowest placing from which the grand prix has ever been won is seventh.

The Mercedes drivers, plus Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, were the only people to get through Q1 using the medium tyre only. The teams all switched to the soft tyre for Q2, but Mercedes was the only team to complete the session with just one run.

Hamilton’s pole lap, claimed right at the end of Q3, ensures that Mercedes has been fastest in every session of the Australian Grand Prix held so far. Hamilton’s pole time of 1m26.327s was more than three seconds faster than fastest time of the weekend in 2014: 1m29.375s, set in FP3 as qualifying was wet. Hamilton was also fastest in FP3 this morning, using the soft compound tyres. 

215 AUSTRALIAN GP - QUALIFYING
P. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1:26.327
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2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG 1:26.921 + 0.594 14
3. Felipe Massa Williams 1:27.718 + 1.391 21
4. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:27.757 + 1.430 12
5. Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:27.790 + 1.463 17
6. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:28.087 + 1.760 17
7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:28.329 + 2.002 16
8. Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 1:28.510 + 2.183 22
9. Romain Grosjean Lotu 1:28.560 + 2.233 22
10. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:29.480 + 3.153 20

Q2 Fastest time Lewis Hamilton 1:26.894 Gap Laps
11. Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:28.800 + 1.906 17
13. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:28.868 + 1.974 15
12. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:29.070 + 2.176 9
14. Nico Hülkenberg Force India 1:29.208 + 2.314 14
15. Sergio Pérez Force India 1:29.209 + 2.315 13

 Q1 Fastest time Lewis Hamilton 1:28.586 Gap Laps
16. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:31.376 + 2.790 10
17. Jenson Button McLaren 1:31.422 + 2.836 7
18. Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:32.037 + 3.451 8

Outside 107% Team


NQ. Will Stevens Marussia Manor no time
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NQ. Roberto Merhi Marussia Manor no time
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