LEWIS HAMILTON on top as he takes 62nd Formula One pole

IN THE AUSTRALIAN GP QUALIFYING Lewis Hamilton today took his 62nd career pole - his sixth at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, followed by Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas. Valtteri will start his first race for the Silver Arrows from third all drivers ran the UltraSoft compound tyres throughout Qualifying.
Images from Qualifying Mercedes F1
25 March 2017

Lewis Hamilton says: "It's been a fantastic weekend so far. It's amazing to be here for the 11th time. It feels like only yesterday that I came here for my first race in 2007. I'm just incredibly proud of the team. The rule change has been huge - it's been such a massive challenge and the guys have worked so hard to get the car to where it is today. To be up here representing them is fantastic. I'm looking forward to the race. I think it's close between us and Ferrari. Tomorrow is about putting all of the work that's gone on over the winter and over testing into practice. I think Valtteri did a fantastic job in his first qualifying session, which is great for us. "

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Valtteri Bottas said "Third position is not ideal. I couldn't quite get a perfect lap in, so I'm not quite satisfied with the result. But what I'm really proud about is the team of people who built this car. I only saw a very small part of the preparation for this new era of Formula One - but it's really nice to see that all of the work has paid off. Tomorrow is the day that matters and my race starts have been quite strong, so hopefully we can keep that going. "

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