Hamilton on pole but Vettel leads Ferrari resurgence
NEW cars, the fastest ever Formula 1 lap of Albert Park - and a new hope.
Yes, Lewis Hamilton took a comfortable pole position for the Australian Grand Prix, but Sebastian Vettel will start alongside him in what appears to be a Ferrari resurgence.
Vettel was three-tenths slower than Hamilton's mercurial 1min 22.188sec pole lap, but is at least within striking distance of causing a boilover on race day.
The home crowd's hopes of a Daniel Ricciardo pole were dashed late in the session, the Red Bull driver crashing out before he could complete a full lap.
He will now start from 10th on the grid - unless his car needs a new gearbox after the crash, with a subsequent penalty that would drop him to 15th.
Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen line up on an all-Finnish second row, with Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean on row three.