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Lewis Hamilton will be looking to make it two wins in a row at the season opening Australian Grand PrixGetty

Lewis Hamilton made it three consecutive pole positions in Australia and was as dominant as in the last season. The Briton was close to four tenths faster than Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg, who came home in second.

The new 'live elimination' qualifying format also made its debut at the season opening Grand Prix, but failed to live up to expectations with all the teams and drivers calling for scrapping it. The excitement levels and uncertainty were reduced compared to the older format, where at least all the cars were out setting laps until the final seconds.

Where to Watch Live

The race starts at 5am GMT on Sunday, with Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD providing live TV coverage.

Real-time internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website.

Qualifying Review

The Mercedes team did not let the other teams have a sniff at the first two positions as Hamilton topped every session from the start of the weekend to take pole position ahead of Rosberg in the second place.

It looked like Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel had a chance to split the Silver Arrows pair during the qualifying session after looking to be on pace during the final practice session, but when it came down to the final session (Q3), they were at another level. Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have to settle for a place on the second row in third and fourth respectively.

The Toro Rosso team, as predicted ahead of the season by Christian Horner, are ahead of the principal Red Bull outfit with Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz taking fifth and seventh despite using the 2015-spec Ferrari engine.

The McLaren-Honda team seem to have clearly made progress, but not enough to get them back in the top 10. They managed to get into Q2 quite comfortably, but still do not have the pace to challenge the Red Bull, Williams and Force India racing teams.

Qualifying results from the Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne, Australia:

POS.DRIVERTEAMTIME
1LEWIS HAMILTONMERCEDES1:23.837
2NICO ROSBERGMERCEDES1:24.197
3SEBASTIAN VETTELFERRARI1:24.675
4KIMI RÄIKKÖNENFERRARI1:25.033
5MAX VERSTAPPENTORO ROSSO1:25.434
6FELIPE MASSAWILLIAMS1:25.458
7CARLOS SAINZTORO ROSSO1:25.582
8DANIEL RICCIARDORED BULL RACING1:25.589
9SERGIO PEREZFORCE INDIA1:25.753
10NICO HULKENBERGFORCE INDIA1:25.865
11VALTTERI BOTTASWILLIAMS1:25.961
12FERNANDO ALONSOMCLAREN1:26.125
13JENSON BUTTONMCLAREN1:26.304
14JOLYON PALMERRENAULT1:27.601
15KEVIN MAGNUSSENRENAULT1:27.742
16MARCUS ERICSSONSAUBER1:27.435
17FELIPE NASRSAUBER1:27.958
18DANIIL KVYATRED BULL RACING1:28.006
19ROMAIN GROSJEANHAAS1:28.322
20ESTEBAN GUTIERREZHAAS1:29.606
21RIO HARYANTOMANOR1:29.627
22PASCAL WEHRLEINMANOR1:29.642