View Full Version : Sebastian Vettel on pole from Lewis Hamilton at Australian Grand Prix

26-03-2011, 09:23 AM
Sebastian Vettel unleashed an electrifying display of pace to capture the first pole position of the new season for Red Bull in Australia.
A late dash from Lewis Hamilton underlined McLaren's improvement as he closed within 0.778 seconds of the German to join him on the front row.
Mark Webber's Red Bull and Jenson Button's McLaren echoed the pattern in third and fourth places.
Ferrari struggled for speed and Fernando Alonso will start fifth.
Sunday's race begins at 0700 GMT.
Vettel, who claimed 10 pole positions on his way to last year's championship, dominated each phase of qualifying around Albert Park and only needed one shot to secure first place on the grid, as the rest of the field failed to reel him in.
His team-mate Webber could not find the pace to match him and finished a massive 0.866secs adrift.
"That is a huge gap and Webber will be disappointed," said BBC F1 analyst Eddie Jordan. "Psychologically that will be a big blow."
"That was some kind of dominant performance from the young German and the reigning world champion," added BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle.

F1 2011 results

Australian Grand Prix (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/results/9417652.stm)

Albert Park, Saturday, 26 March 2011Qualifying Pos Country Driver Car Team Q1 Q2 Q3 1 germany Sebastian Vettel (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/drivers_and_teams/8546053.stm) 1 Red Bull-Renault (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/drivers_and_teams/9400859.stm) 1:25.296 1:24.090 1:23.529 2 great britain Lewis Hamilton (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/drivers_and_teams/8545628.stm) 3 McLaren-Mercedes (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/drivers_and_teams/9400884.stm) 1:25.384 1:24.595 1:24.307 3 australia Mark Webber (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/drivers_and_teams/8546092.stm) 2 Red Bull-Renault (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/drivers_and_teams/9400859.stm) 1:25.900 1:24.658 1:24.395 Full qualifying results (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/results/9417652.stm)