Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position for the season opening Australian Grand Prix from his team-mate Nico Rosberg by half a second. While it was the worse qualifying for Hamilton’s former team McLaren who qualified last.
The world champion was almost a second faster than his 2008 championship rival Felipe Massa who qualified third. It was a tight battle between the Williams and the Ferrari’s of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Ferrari had been believed to be best of the rest after preseason testing.
McLaren failed to make it out of Q1 and Jenson Button will start seventeenth and Kevin Magnusson eighteenth. Meanwhile Manor failed to take part after being forced to withdraw from the race following software problems preventing the cars running.
Red Bull also had their own struggles with Daniel Ricciardo only managing seventh and Daniil Kyvat thirteenth. Making the team furious because engine supplier Renault has failed to deliver any performance improvements over the winter.
Carlos Sainz jr was eight on his debut for Torro Rosso beating his team-mate Max Verstappen the youngest qualifier in twelfth. Verstappen was beaten by another rookie Sauber’s Felipe Nasr who was eleventh.
Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado completed the top 10.