Mercedes have turned up with incredible pace in Melbourne to lock out the front row of the grid. Hamilton delivered a 1:20.486 to topple his team mate by a mere 0.1s.
Remarkably after all the predictions and headlines times by Ferrari during winter testing the Scuderia only managed 3rd and 5th with Vettel and Leclerc, a full 0.7s behind the Mercedes. I don’t think anyone in the paddock or the grandstands expected such a gap.
Max Verstappen and RedBull did spoil Ferrari’s party further by delivering a 1:21.320 that was good enough for 4th. His team mate Gasly was knocked out in Q1 given some bad strategy – they got caught out by a “quickly evolving track”.
Elsewhere, best of the rest goes to Haas who have continued to impress with their Ferrari based chassis, Grojean and Kevin came in 6th and 7th respectively, but a full 1.3s behind the Mercedes.
Lando Norris made it into Q3 for McLaren in 8th, ahead of Kimi and Perez in 10th, completing the top 10 for Racing Point.
Heres the full table.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:20.486 2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:20.598 0.112 3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:21.190 0.704 4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:21.320 0.834 5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:21.442 0.956 6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:21.826 1.340 7 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:22.099 1.613 8 Lando Norris McLaren 1:22.304 1.818 9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1:22.314 1.828 10 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:22.781 2.295 11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:22.562 12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:22.570 13 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso 1:22.636 14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:22.714 15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:22.774 16 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:23.017 17 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:23.020 18 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:23.084 19 George Russell Williams 1:24.360 20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:26.067