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The Silver Arrows crew have been on prime after qualifying at Melbourne as Lewis Hamilton took pole place forward of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Lewis Hamilton as we speak took his 62nd profession pole – his sixth on the Australian Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas will begin his first race for the Silver Arrows from third. Each drivers ran the UltraSoft compound tyres all through Qualifying.
Qualifying at a look
Chassis No.: F1 W08 EQ Energy+/01
FP3 stats: P3
Q1 stats: P1, 1:24.191, 5 Laps
Q2 stats: P2, 1:23.251, three Laps
Q3 stats: P1, 1:22.188, 6 Laps
Chassis No.: F1 W08 EQ Energy+/03
FP3 stats: P2
Q1 stats: P4, 1:24.514, four Laps
Q2 stats: P1, 1:23.215, three Laps
Q3 stats: P2, 1:22.481, 6 Laps
Dry, Delicate, Clear (AM), Overcast (PM)
Air: 27 – 30°C
Observe: 31 – 40°C
It’s been a improbable weekend thus far. It’s superb to be right here for the 11th time. It looks like solely yesterday that I got here right here for my first race in 2007. I’m simply extremely pleased with the crew. The rule change has been large – it’s been such an enormous problem and the fellows have labored so exhausting to get the automotive to the place it’s as we speak. To be up right here representing them is improbable. I am trying ahead to the race. I believe it’s shut between us and Ferrari. Tomorrow is about placing all the work that’s gone on over the winter and over testing into observe. I believe Valtteri did a improbable job in his first qualifying session, which is nice for us.
Third place just isn’t ultimate. I couldn’t fairly get an ideal lap in, so I’m not fairly glad with the consequence. However what I’m actually proud about is the crew of people that constructed this automotive. I solely noticed a really small a part of the preparation for this new period of Components One – however it’s very nice to see that all the work has paid off. Tomorrow is the day that issues and my race begins have been fairly robust, so hopefully we will preserve that going.
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
P1 and P3 is a extremely good option to begin the primary race after a winter with so many adjustments. Beneath new rules, there have been no ensures for us and we knew from testing that Ferrari have been very robust. It was thrilling to have that shut battle for pole, proper right down to the wire with the ultimate laps in Q3, and it’s clear that now we have a giant battle on our arms with Ferrari. Lewis has been flying all weekend so it’s nice to see him put it on pole. For Valtteri, he is perhaps just a little disenchanted to overlook out on P2 by just some hundredths. However you can not anticipate all the pieces excellent on the primary weekend. He improved with each run and there’s nonetheless extra to come back, little doubt. Now we have to get our heads down, do the homework and see what tomorrow brings us. No matter occurs, it should solely be the primary a part of the reply to how the aggressive image appears to be like. However I hope most of all that we see an ideal battle for the followers to take pleasure in, to start this new period for the game.
James Allison, Technical Director
That was an exhilarating session. Huge credit score to all of the folks on this crew who, after such a robust 12 months in 2016, have created a automotive to a brand new set of rules, come again a 12 months later and put it on pole once more. It’s a splendid effort from all the crew. However what is evident is that it’s very shut. We’ve obtained some severe competitors and this might be the beginning of fairly a memorable season. We’ve simply obtained to make it possible for it’s us who retains our nostril forward within the growth race. I’ve joined a really robust group of individuals right here and it’s a privilege to be a part of this crew.
Credit: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
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