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Hamilton storms to Melbourne pole
Lewis Hamilton claimed the first pole position of 2014 when he edged Daniel Riccardo and team mate Nico Rosberg in a qualifying session of high drama in Melbourne.
Hamilton took pole from Riccardo by 3 tenths of a second at a wet Melbourne Park, the 32nd pole of his career, equaling Nigel Mansell’s record.
During an exciting Q3, Nico Rosberg briefly held top spot before being eclipsed by Riccardo and then Hamilton in the dying seconds.
Local favourite Daniel Riccardo was the real surprise package after Red Bull’s miserable preseason. Not only did he secure a front row seat he also out qualified team mate and world champion Sebastian Vettel who failed to make it through to Q3 alongside another former world champion Kimi Raikkonen.
Jenson Button also failed to make it through to Q3 however the McLaren driver moves into the top 10 at the expense of Valtteri Bottas who drops down 5 positions due to a gearbox change.
Button’s team mate Kevin Magnussen, continued his impressive first season in Formula 1 by qualifying in fourth position ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Torro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne.
Nico Hulkenberg steered his Force India into 7th while another rookie, Daniil Kvyat, secured 8th giving Torro Rosso 2 cars in the top 10.
Felipe Massa in a Williams finished 9th with Button making up the top 10.
1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:44.231
2. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:44.548
3. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:44.595
4. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 1:45.745
5. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:45.819
6. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso – Renault 1:45.864
7. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 1:46.030
8. Danill Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso – Renault 1:47.368
9. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1:48.079
10. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 1:48.147
11. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:44.437
12. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:44.494
13. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull – Renault 1:44.668
14. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber – Ferrari 1:45.655
15. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham – Renault 1:45.867
16. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India – Mercedes 1:47.293
17. Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia – Ferrari 1:34.293
18. Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia – Ferrari 1:34.794
19. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari 1:35.117
20. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham – Renault 1:35.157
21. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault 1:36.993
22. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus – Renault