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GP Week : Issue 216
QUALIFYING A near perfect lap from Lewis Hamilton saw the reigning world champion dominate qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, sending an ominous message to his rivals that Mercedes would again be the dominant force in 2015. Much of Hamilton's advantage was gained in the first corner. Good traction gave him an early advantage which he maintained for the remainder of the lap. Only a small lock up into the penultimate corner, and a dab of opposite lock at the exit, allowed teammate Nico Rosberg anywhere near him. Next best after Mercedes was Williams, Felipe Massa gaining the upper hand in what proved to be a tight battle for best of the rest. Sebastian Vettel was nipping at Massa's heels and but for a mistake at the final turn Valtteri Bottas could have been further up the grid. Vettel rued the missed opportunity, claiming there was more in his Prancing Horse had he been able to deliver. "We lost third place because my first run wasn't quick enough: I'm not very pleased with myself, because there was still some performance to be found," the German admitted. After the session Bottas was shipped off to hospital overnight after complaining of back pain that was ultimately diagnosed as a tear in the annual part of a disc in his lower back. The Finn had begun experiencing discomfort midway through the session but worsened when he ran off the end of the kerbing at the final turn on his hot lap. The injury would rule him out of the race following an overnight stay in hospital for observation and a failed medical assessment on Sunday afternoon. Missing from the battle for the second row was Red Bull which had suffered a troublesome build-up with engine problems for both Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat. "Seventh is where we are now and I'm happy we achieved that as the weekend hasn't gone well," said Ricciardo. "The drivability has been tricky; we suffered a bit this time last year, but there are a few more issues this year which weren't expected." Indeed early in the qualifying hour it looked as though Red Bull might even be upstaged by its own Lewis sends out an ominous warning FoRmULA 1 Round 1 AUSTRALIAn gP – Qualifying POS DRIvER TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:28.586 1:26.894 1:26.327 16 2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:28.906 1:27.097 1:26.921 14 3 Felipe Massa Williams 1:29.246 1:27.895 1:27.718 21 4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:29.307 1:27.742 1:27.757 12 5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:29.754 1:27.807 1:27.790 17 6 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:29.641 1:27.796 1:28.087 16 7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:29.788 1:28.679 1:28.329 22 8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:29.597 1:28.601 1:28.510 22 9 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:29.537 1:28.589 1:28.560 20 10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:29.847 1:28.726 1:29.480 20 11 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:30.430 1:28.800 17 12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:29.248 1:28.868 15 13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:30.402 1:29.070 9 14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:29.651 1:29.208 14 15 Sergio Perez Force India 1:29.990 1:29.209 13 16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:31.376 10 17 Jenson Button McLaren 1:31.422 7 18 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:32.037 8 NS Will Stevens Marussia No time NS Roberto Merhi Marussia No time Q1 107% Time 1:34.787 16 GPWEEK.com // 16 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> AUSTRALIA PARTNERS: