Sidepodcast - All for F1 and F1 for all

F1 encyclopedia

Qualifying results - Australian Grand Prix 2015 - Hamilton claims first pole of the year as McLaren wind up last

6th for Bottas was the highlight of his weekend
Credit: Pirelli S.p.A.

Lewis Hamilton claimed a dominant pole position in Melbourne, outclassing fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg by more than half a second. The pair were, in turn, a further half a second faster than third place Felipe Massa who was joined in the top ten by teammate Valtteri Bottas – although the Finn struggled with the setup and brakes on his car.

The Ferrari duo of Vettel and Räikkönen proved the Scuderia has retained the improved pace from testing, with fourth and fifth, and Red Bull managing only sixth on the grid. The Lotus duo claimed the final two top ten grid slots, with Felipe Nasr securing a strong eleventh place for Sauber, just missing out on an appearance in Q3.

Unfortunately, McLaren didn’t make it out of the first session, and were the last two cars on the grid, with Manor still unable to run due to software issues on their modified car.

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:26.32716
2Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:26.92114
3Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:27.71821
4Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:27.75712
5Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:27.79017
6Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:28.08716
7Daniel RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:28.32922
8Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso1:28.51022
9Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team1:28.56020
10Pastor MaldonadoLotus F1 Team1:29.48020
11Felipe NasrSauber F1 Team1:28.80017
12Max VerstappenScuderia Toro Rosso1:28.86815
13Daniil KvyatInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:29.0709
14Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:29.20814
15Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:29.20913
16Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team1:31.37610
17Jenson ButtonMcLaren Honda1:31.4227
18Kevin MagnussenMcLaren Honda1:32.0378