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GP of Australia: Hamilton remains the king of the pole in Melbourne – Formula 1

The imperial Briton has his sixth consecutive pole position in Australia. The Ferrari did not manage to worry the Mercedes.

Mercedes had hidden his game. Away from the Ferrari in the winter tests in Barcelona, ​​the Silver Arrows jumped in the first qualifying session in Melbourne, to take the lead on the front row. With a Lewis Hamilton still radiant in Australia since he signs his eighth pole position, the sixth consecutive on this circuit. A demonstration of strength from the British who also offers the absolute record of the round here in 1'20''486. But to achieve this, he must have taken the lead over his teammate at Mercedes Valtteri Bottas. The Finn will have a time occupied the top of the timesheet in Q3 before being defeated for a tenth (1'20''598) by the five-time world champion, impeccable on his last attempt.

"I'm not satisfied at all. I was not there when I needed to. It's my fault."

Charles Leclerc

The Ferraris have had a disappointing and frustrating qualifying session. Relegated to eight tenths of silver arrows in both Q1 and Q2, Sebastian Vettel had certainly had time to prepare for the idea of ​​seeing the first line escape him. Nevertheless, the stony smile he displayed after the session when he came to answer the questions said a lot about his inner torment. Even if he hid behind a wave of optimism: "I think we can win the race. You never know what can happen. We have a good car racing version. Clearly, given the result of the day, the Mercedes will be favorites but we have the means to do better. "For his part, Charles Leclerc, 5th behind Max Verstappen, launched him in autoflagellation:" I am not satisfied with all. I was not there when I needed to. It's my fault. I was good in Q1 and Q2, but in Q3 I made a mistake in my last attempt. We must work on our side to catch up with Mercedes. "

Grosjean laughs, Gasly cries

In the French camp, the balance sheet turned out to be half-fig and half-grape. Indeed, if Romain Grosjean won the place he hoped for, namely the 6th, undoubtedly the best possible for Haas, Pierre Gasly, he had a nightmare by not leaving the Q1. At the wheel of his Red Bull, the Rouennais will start from the 17th position, which offers him little good prospects on a circuit where overtaking is delicate. Note also the superb performance of rookie Lando Norris. Presented as a future crack, the Briton shone for the first qualifying session of his career, finishing eighth at the wheel of his McLaren. Another beginner to have nothing to reproach, the Thai Alexander Albon takes the 13th position with his Toro Rosso. Williams George Russell and Robert Kubica, they were far from the account in the last two places.

Classification of qualifications:
1. Hamilton (G-B, Mercedes)
2. Bottas (End, Mercedes)
3. Vettel (All, Ferrari)
4. Verstappen (P-B, Red Bull)
5. Leclerc (Mon, Ferrari)
6. Grosjean (Fra, Haas)
7. Magnussen (Dan, Haas)
8. Norris (G-B, McLaren)
9. Raikkönen (End, Alfa Romeo)
10. Perez (Mex, Racing Point)
11. Hulkenberg (All, Renault)
12. Ricciardo (Aus, Renault)
13. Albon (Tha, Toro Rosso)
14. Giovinazzi (Ita, Alfa Romeo)
15. Kvyat (Rus, Toro Rosso)
16. Stroll (Can Racing Point)
17. Gasly (Fra, Red Bull)
18. Sainz Jr. (Esp, McLaren)
19. Russell (G-B, Williams)
20. Kubica (Pol, Williams)

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