Hamilton takes pole in Australian Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start this year’s Australian Grand Prix from pole however most of the attention is being diverted away from the British mans achievement and towards the new qualifying format which involves the elimination of a driver ever 90 seconds. Take a look:

Quali rule

This new system has not been welcomed by the drivers and even Bernie Ecclestone admitted it was not a good move by F1.”I watched it, but I have to say I wasn’t enthusiastic about it from day one,” said Ecclestone.”It was pretty crap. But this is what we’ve got, until we can change it.”The only thing about this (format) is that the quick guys could have run off the road, or done anything a little bit silly, and then you would get a mixed-up grid, which is what we wanted. Sebastian Vettel has also given his take on the new format “It was crazy at the beginning with all the cars lining up at the end of the pit lane and everybody trying to set a lap time to avoid the risk of being eliminated.”

This format looks certain to change due to the backlash,regardless here is the grid for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix:

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1.23.837
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1.24.197
  3. Sebastian Vettel-Ferrari- 1.25.675
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1.25.033
  5. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso- 1.25.434
  6. Felipe Massa – Williams- 1.25.458
  7. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1.25.582
  8. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1.25.589
  9. Sergio Perez – Force India  – 1.25.753
  10. Nico Hulkenburg – Force India – 1.25.865
  11. Valtteri Bottas – Williams -1.25.961
  12. Fernando Alonso – McLaren- 1.26.125
  13. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1.26.304
  14. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1.27.601
  15. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1.27.742
  16. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber- 1.27.435
  17. Feilipe Nasr – Sauber – 1.27.958
  18. Danii Kvyat – Red Bull – 1.28.006
  19. Romain Grosjean – Haas- 1.28.322
  20. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1.29.606
  21. Rio Haryanto – Manor – 1.29.627
  22. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1.29.642

 

 

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