Hamilton secures pole in Melbourne

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Updated: March 17, 2012

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton will start the first Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne in pole position, with teammate and compatriot Jenson Button right behind him on the grid.

Hamilton’s 1m24.922s lap in Q3 put him 0.7 seconds clear of his rivals at first, and proved unbeatable. Romain Grosjean took a spectacular third for Lotus on his F1 return, while Michael Schumacher achieved his best qualifying result for Mercedes in fourth, and the Red Bulls had to settle for row three, with Mark Webber outqualifying Vettel.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

1. Lewis Hamilton, Britain, McLaren, 1 minute, 24.922 seconds, 14 laps.
2. Jenson Button, Britain, McLaren, 1:25.074, 15.
3. Romain Grosjean, France, Lotus, 1:25.302, 21.
4. Michael Schumacher, Germany, Mercedes, 1:26.586, 18.
5. Mark Webber, Australia, Red Bull, 1:25.651, 17.
6. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Red Bull, 1:25.668, 18.
7. Nico Rosberg, Germany, Mercedes, 1:25.686, 16.
8. Pastor Maldonado, Venezuela, Williams, 1:25.908, 20.
9. Nico Hulkenberg, Germany, Force India, 1:26.451, 18.
10. Daniel Ricciardo, Australia, Toro Rosso, no time set, 16.