Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has continued his dominance from last season, where he won his second world title, to take pole position in this season’s curtain raising Grand Prix. But his former team, McLaren have sensationally qualified last in Melbourne.
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Hamilton will begin tomorrow race’s first after a storming lap round the streets of Albert Park, in which he was over half a second quicker than teammate – and probable main championship rival – Nico Rosberg. Staggeringly, the Brit was 1.3 seconds clear of the third place Williams, driven by Felipe Massa.
Speaking to BBC Sport, the 30-year-old revealed that he had missed being in the car.
“It doesn’t feel that long since the last race. It has been a big rush and huge effort form the factory to get us here with this performance.
“It is so much fun in qualifying and I am just massively grateful for all the hard work,” the 2008 champion explained.
In contrast, it was a horrible day for Hamilton’s old team, as McLaren – who were celebrating their first race back in partnership with Honda – were knocked out in the first session.
Jenson Button and Kevin Magnusson, who is standing in for the injured Fernando Alonso, will both start on the back row of the grid as Manor will not take part in tomorrow’s race.