World Champion Lewis Hamilton immediately made an exclamation point in the first qualifying of the year: With superior best time the Mercedes pilot in Melbourne secured the first pole position of the new season.
In 1:26327 minutes Hamilton was about six tenths faster than the second place, Team colleague Nico Rosberg. What Lewis has been driving for a round is incredible,”praised team head Niki Lauda. Nico made a mistake, unfortunately.”The German apparently did not fare as well with the changing winds in Albert Park as his stable companion, and then also made a lap that cost him a tire set and a better lap time.
“I did not get a good lap together. And Lewis was damn fast,”Rosberg had to admit. But for the race he remains optimistic: “The team has really put us back in a good car, so I am good things. After all, I became second, so anything is possible in the race.”
Sebastian Vettel confirmed in his Ferrari, which he had previously christened’Eva’, that his achievements from the Free Trainings at the Great Prize of Australia, but in the end missed by the touch of 0, 039 seconds Starting place 3. Williams-man Felipe Massa slid past the four-time championship in the last seconds of the one-hour session.
Competition congratulates Vettel – Debakel for McLaren
For his start in red there was a praise of the competition itself. Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel, a good performance,”said Mercedes Motorsport Chief Toto Wolff. Also the second Ferrari man was hardly slower: Kimi Vrikkunen missed the Vettel-Zeit only by 0033 seconds as a fifth.
Nevertheless Vettel stepped on the Euphoria-brake.” We have to keep our feet on the ground,”said the 27-year-old. Overall, however, the team can live well with the weekend so far. We didn’t have any big problems. In the race, a place on the podium is possible.”On the podium also stands the second Williams-man Valtteri Bottas, who ranked behind rowing queens in place 6.
For Vettel’s ex-team Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo succeeded after problems in free training at least damage limitation: After Loklamatador, place 7 was secured, Just outside Rookie Carlos Sainz Jr. from the Red Bull sister team Toro Rosso. The second Toro-Rosso rookie Max Verstappen, who was actually a little more appreciated, missed the final of the best ten than 12, but was faster than DnieI Kvyat in the second Red Bull.
Nico Hilkenberg did not get off to a good start in the new season: In his force India he did not get beyond square 14. A real debacle happened to McLaren. With the new Honda drive in the rear, Jenson Button and Alonso replacement Kevin Magnussen did not even make it to Q2. At the time of the 17th and 18th, the two McLaren were the slowest cars in the field. Because the Manor drivers Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi did not make a single lap as before in all free training. The Manor cars are not allowed to participate in the start-up race on Sunday.