Lewis Hamilton made it two consecutive pole positions in Australia and this time around he made it more dominating than last year. The Briton was just a shade under six tenths faster than Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.
The Mercedes team have started from where they left off last season, by dominating the rest of the field in all the sessions thus far. They are the overwhelming favourites to take the top two positions with Williams and Ferrari battling to be the best of the rest.
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The Mercedes team were at their dominant best at the Albert Park circuit with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg trading places at the top of the time sheets during the practice sessions. But it was the 2014 World Champion who stamped his authority in qualifying to beat his teammate by .594secs to grab pole position.
Nico will start second and hope to replicate last season's result, when he won from the second row of the grid, after Hamilton had retired. The Mercedes team has 12 front row lock outs last season and the domination they showed this weekend shows that they could well be on the way to matching that record.
The Williams team showed that they are the next best team with Felipe Massa taking third ahead of the Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, who were both pleased with the improvement made by the Maranello based team during the winter.
Valtteri Bottas came in at sixth, but could have been higher if not for a back problem that hampered him from Q2. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo starts in seventh place just ahead of Toro Rosso debutant Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren had a day to forget as both their cars struggled for pace and did not manage to get out of Q1. Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen will start at the back of the grid as it was confirmed that Manor Racing team will not run their cars in Australia.
Top 10 results of qualifying session from the Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne, Australia:
- LC Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1'26.327
- N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1'26.921
- F Massa (BRA) Williams 1'27.718
- S Vettel (GER) Ferrari 1'27.757
- KM Räikkönen (FIN) Ferrari 1'27.790
- V Bottas (FIN) Williams 1'28.087
- D Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull 1'28.329
- C Sainz Jr (ESP) Toro Rosso 1'28.510
- R Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 1'28.560
- P Maldonado (VEN) Lotus 1'29.480