Hamilton snatches Australia pole from Ricciardo

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014
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Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time for Mercedes in a wet qualifying session to claim pole position for the Australian Grand Prix.

Hamilton was last over the line to edge out Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo during a thrilling conclusion to Q3.

Ricciardo had taken provisional pole to the delight of the home crowd but Hamilton narrowly eclipsed the Australian.

Nico Rosberg was third for Mercedes, ahead of McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen. Fernando Alonso was fifth, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne and Nico Hulkenberg.

Daniil Kvyat made it through to Q3 and set the eighth best time despite clipping the barriers on the approach to turn 11. Valtteri Bottas qualified ninth but will drop five places after a gearbox penalty while Williams team-mate Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10.

Q2 took place in tricky conditions and took with it three world champions.

Jenson Button was 11th fastest, while Kimi Raikkonen ended his session in the barriers after losing control at turn four. He ended the session in 12th, while reigning champion Sebastian Vettel was only 13th.

Adrian Sutil was 14th while Kamui Kobayashi made it through to Q2 and edged out Sergio Perez for 15th.

Q1 began in dry conditions but rain began falling and intensified with five minutes of the session remaining.

That left Max Chilton in 17th place, ahead of Jules Bianchi and Esteban Gutierrez. The Sauber driver will however drop to the back of the grid after picking up a five place grid penalty due to a gearbox change.

Marcus Ericsson set the 20th quickest time while it was another miserable day for Lotus. Romain Grosjean set the slowest time via a run through the gravel while team-mate Pastor Maldonado failed to set a time and twice found the gravel trap.

144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:31.6991:42.8901:44.23122
23Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:30.7751:42.2951:44.54820
36Nico RosbergMercedes1:32.5641:42.2641:44.59521
420Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:30.9491:43.2471:45.74519
514Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:31.3881:42.8051:45.81921
625Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:33.4881:43.8491:45.86421
727Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:33.8931:43.6581:46.03020
826Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:33.7771:44.3311:47.36820
919Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:31.2281:44.2421:48.07921
1077Valtteri Bottas*Williams-Mercedes1:31.6011:43.8521:48.14719
1122Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:31.3961:44.43713
127Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:32.4391:44.49413
131Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:31.9311:44.66813
1499Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:33.6731:45.65512
1510Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:34.2741:45.86713
1611Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:34.1411:47.29313
174Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:34.2935
1817Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:34.7945
1921Esteban Gutierrez*Sauber-Ferrari1:35.1177
209Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:35.1575
218Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:36.9936
2213Pastor MaldonadoLotus-RenaultNo time3

* Driver will drop five places due to grid penalty

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