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.
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.