Australian Grand Prix: Blistering Hamilton storms to pole

Lewis Hamilton was in a class of his own during this morning's first qualifying session of the season
Lewis Hamilton was in a class of his own during this morning's first qualifying session of the season
  • Hamilton to start from pole after stunning lap
  • Rosberg second as Mercedes dominate
  • Toro Rosso impress while Force India struggle

Lewis Hamilton produced a flawless display to storm to take a sensational pole position for tomorrow’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The Briton was a class above to take pole by more than half a second from team-mate Nico Rosberg as the Brackley-based Mercedes team utterly dominated.

Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver in F1 history at tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix. He'll start from 12th.

Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver in F1 history at tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix. He'll start from 12th.

Williams’ Felipe Massa was third ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.

Hamilton said afterwards: “It has been a great start to the weekend,” Hamilton said. “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.”

Carlos Sainz Jr impressed on his F1 debut as he put his Bicester-based Toro Rosso eighth on the grid, while his 17-year-old team-mate Max Verstappen - who has become the youngest ever driver in F1 history this weekend - was 12th.

For Sahara Force India, Nico Hulkenberg will start 14th with Sergio Perez 15th.

The full grid for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix: 1) Hamilton, 2) Rosberg, 3) Massa, 4) Vettel, 5) Raikonnen, 6) Bottas, 7) Ricciardo, 8) Sainz, 9) Grosjean, 10) Maldonado), 11) Nasr, 12) Verstappen, 13) Kvyat, 14) Hulkenberg, 15) Perez, 16) Ericsson, 17) Button, 18) Magnussen.