Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton showed the best result at the end of qualifying in Melbourne.
In anticipation of the qualification of the mechanics of Williams and Renault were doing everything possible to release the track lance Stroll and Jolyon Palmer. Little time to demonstrate their strength had Stoffele of Vandorn, who was asked to return to the pits soon after leaving the track because of problems with fuel supply.
Lack of time in the end, negatively affected the results of this Trinity: Vandorn, Stroll and Palmer took place from 18 to 20. However, closing on the starting grid of the Grand Prix of Australia will Stroll, FW40 which have replaced the transmission.
Also failed to overcome the barrier the first segment of Antonio Giovinazzi and Kevin Magnussen, although new, Giovinazzi could confound Marcus Eriksson: the Italian was on improving the graphics of his circle, but made a hurtful mistake, so in the penultimate turn. The result – 16th place.
In the beginning of the second segment become visible to the real strength of the teams. Mercedes and Ferrari really was the strongest among all, and proved it the first quick laps of drivers: Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel fit in 0.25 seconds. The rest were lost 0.7 seconds, as Daniel ricciardo, or even more.
Very spectacular was the final laps of the segment when the riders one by one to improve the results, knocking each other out of the top ten. If to speak about the losers, then the place from 11th to 15th took Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Windows and Marcus Ericsson. It is worth noting that the last car in the top ten jumped the pilots Toro Rosso Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz.
The third segment began with presentations on the appearance of the first drops of rain on the track, but the racers Mercedes and Ferrari left the track on the rubber Ultrasoft. Outset that the rain thwarted the plans of the teams.
In the first attempt, Hamilton set the benchmark at around 1.22,496, Vettel and Bottas lost to him and 0,302 0,300 seconds, respectively. Kimi was at a distance 0,939 seconds, and the next event on the track was the departure of Ricardo: a local favorite lost control of RB13 at 14-m turn, damaging at least the rear wing.
This failure not only left ricciardo in tenth place of the Protocol, but also messed up the attempts of all the pilots who followed him, as the session was stopped.
Qualifications resumed at 10:00 Moscow time, thus, each of the riders was at least one quick attempt.
On his second lap, Bottas improved time Hamilton, but after a few seconds, Lewis said guide 1.22,188 and won the pole position for Mercedes.
His last fast lap was passing Vettel, who managed to split the Mercedes pair and take second place behind Lewis in 0,268 seconds. The German said he lost a little in the first and ninth turns, but that’s hardly enough for pole position.
The fourth was Raikkonen, and the fifth position remained for max Verstappen. A very good result showed Grosjean, who finished sixth place in the Protocol. Place from the seventh to the ninth distributed Felipe Massa, Sainz and Kvyat.
Text broadcast of the qualification of Grand Prix of Australia with pictures and videos you can view on our website.
|5.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1.23,485||+1,297|
|8.||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1.24,487||+2,299|
|9.||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1.24,512||+2,324|
|10.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull|
|The threshold for the first segment: 1.23,215||Lag*|
|11.||Sergio Perez||Force India||1.25,081||+1,866|
|14.||Esteban Windows||Force India||1.25,568||+2,353|
|The threshold for the second segment: 1.26,236||Lag**|
|107% of the best time of the first segment: 1.30,084|
|* – the gap from the best time of the first segment|
|** – the gap from the best time of the second segment|
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