Hamilton and Mercedes win pole for Formula One’s Australian Grand Prix: Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo surprises all with front row finish

Red Bull’;s Daniel Ricciardo surprises all with front row finish

By: Adam Cooper on March 15, 2014

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo took second.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Lewis Hamilton capped off a great qualifying session for Mercedes on Saturday, taking the pole for the Australian GP. His Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg took third.

Lewis Hamilton will begin the Australian GP from pole position, and whilst it was no excellent shock to see a Mercedes on best, rain ensured that it was a far from straightforward Formula One particular qualifying session. In fact, Daniel Ricciardo turned the pre-season type guide upside down with a superb 2nd location finish for Red Bull.

The weather is anticipated to be dry Sunday for the race, and every person will have a totally free selection of which tire they will start on.

The very first qualifying session began in dry situations, with the rain arriving in the final 6 minutes, properly putting an end to any rapidly laps. Ricciardo impressed all by topping the instances ahead of Kevin Magnussen, although individuals who failed to make it by way of the very first cut have been Max Chilton, Jules Bianchi, Esteban Gutierrez, Marcus Ericsson, Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado. The 2 Lotus drivers endured a disastrous session. Gutierrez had a gearbox alter following FP3, so he will get a 5 area penalty and will drop to the back.

The track was completely moist for the second session, and most drivers headed out on intermediates. The best spot see-sawed as conditions modified, and Nico Rosberg just edged out Ricciardo. There was drama correct at the end when Kimi Raikkonen crashed and ensured that he did not go by means of. The Finn wasn’;t the only large title not to make it, as Jenson Button was bumped and put in 11th spot, ahead of Kimi and Sebastian Vettel. It was a fraught session for Vettel, who was hampered by a Renault problem.

“His [malfunctioning] engine software program meant he was down on energy with really poor drivability,” mentioned Red Bull team boss Christian Horner. “And we require to realize that, as it compromised his qualifying.”

Adrian Sutil completed 14th, ahead of Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez, the latter operating off the street on his final run.

The rain grew to become heavier ahead of Q3 and total wet tires had been the clear initial option. Even so, in the closing minutes, many drivers switched to intermediates, although both Mercedes drivers, Hamilton and Rosberg, stopped for fresh full wets. In the finish it came down to staying out of problems, and who crossed the line final. Rosberg completed his last lap a little too early and was thus bumped initial by Ricciardo, and then by Hamilton.

“Today it created it so considerably harder for everybody with the problems,” mentioned Lewis. “I’;m truly satisfied for the job the group did. You know these new automobiles are so significantly tougher to drive in the moist and it was the first time for me driving in the wet, as I’;m confident it was for a whole lot of men and women. A significant process and challenge these days, but for each me and Nico to be up here is a wonderful exhibiting for the crew, and it really is obviously great to see Ricciardo up here for his first Grand Prix with Red Bull.”

4th spot went to Magnussen soon after a exceptional energy by the Danish rookie, who like Vettel, survived an FIA yellow flag investigation with out penalty. Fernando Alonso took fifth for Ferrari, whilst Jean-Eric Vergne did a great job for Toro Rosso to earn sixth spot.

Nico Hulkenberg commences 6th for Force India, ahead of Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat, who did a fantastic occupation but spun and tapped the wall right at the end. The Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas took ninth and 10th, but the Finn will drop back 5 spots following a gearbox alter.

Commencing grid for Australian GP

1. Lewis Hamilton, England, Mercedes, one minute, 44.231 seconds.

2. Daniel Ricciardo, Australia, Red Bull, 1:44.548.

3. Nico Rosberg, Germany, Mercedes, one:44.595.

4. Kevin Magnussen, Denmark, McLaren, 1:45.745.

5. Fernando Alonso, Spain, Ferrari, 1:45.819.

6. Jean-Eric Vergne, France, Toro Rosso, 1:45.864.

6. Nico Hulkenberg, Germany, Force India, one:46.030.

7 Daniil Kvyat, Russia, Toro Rosso, one:47.368.

9. Felipe Massa, Brazil, Williams, one:48.079.

Eradicated following second session

8. Jenson Button, England, McLaren, one:44.437.

11. Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Ferrari, one:44.494.

twelve. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Red Bull, 1:44.668.

13. Adrian Sutil, Germany, Sauber, 1:45.655.

14. Kamui Kobayashi, Japan, Caterham, one:45.867.

15. Valtteri Bottas, Finland, Williams, 1:48.147.

sixteen. Sergio Perez, Mexico, Force India, one:47.293.

Eliminated following initial session

17. Max Chilton, England, Marussia, 1:34.293.

18. Jules Bianchi, France, Marussia, one:34.794.

19. Marcus Ericsson, Sweden, Caterham, one:35.157.

twenty. Romain Grosjean, France, Lotus, one:36.993.

21. Esteban Gutierrez, Mexico, Sauber, one:35.117.

22. Pastor Maldonado, Venezuela, Lotus, DNF.

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