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Lewis Hamilton leads McLaren front-row lockout

Saturday 17th March, 2012 - 4:53pm

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Lewis Hamilton will start the Australian Grand Prix from pole position

Lewis Hamilton will start the Australian Grand Prix from pole position

McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have locked out the front-row for the Qantas Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Albert Park.

Hamilton completed two runs during the final Q3 session, but his first 1:24.922s lap would prove unbeatable.

Button’s second effort left him just 0.15s adrift of Hamilton, while Romain Grosjean and Michael Schumacher also improved with their second efforts and will share the second row.

Mark Webber was second after completing his single Q3 flying lap but was quickly bumped back to fifth.

The Australian, who did not have a working KERS during the final session, will start alongside team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Nico Rosberg, Pastor Maldonado, Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top 10.

Fernando Alonso was the biggest scalp of Q2 – the Ferrari driver spinning his Ferrari into the Turn 1 gravel trap halfway through the 15 minute period. The Spaniard will start 12th.

Fellow former World Champion Kimi Raikkonen also faces a difficult Sunday afternoon after being eliminated in Q1. Raikkonen made a mistake at Turn 12 in what would turn out to be his final lap of the 20 minute segment.

HRT drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan both missed the 107% qualifying cut-off, while the two Marussias made it in with relative ease.

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Sergio Perez was relegated five positions on the grid following the session after requiring a gearbox change.

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Qualifying results, Australian Grand Prix

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.800 1:25.626 1:24.922 14
2 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.832 1:25.663 1:25.074 15
3 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:26.498 1:25.845 1:25.302 21
4 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:26.586 1:25.571 1:25.336 18
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:27.117 1:26.297 1:25.651 17
6 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:26.773 1:25.982 1:25.668 18
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:26.763 1:25.469 1:25.686 16
8 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:26.803 1:26.206 1:25.908 20
9 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:27.464 1:26.314 1:26.451 18
10 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:27.024 1:26.319 No time 16
11 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:26.493 1:26.429 12
12 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:26.688 1:26.494 12
13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.182 1:26.590 12
14 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:27.004 1:26.663 16
15 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:27.469 1:27.086 16
16 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:27.633 1:27.497 16
17 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.596 11
18 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:27.758 9
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:28.679 7
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:29.018 8
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:30.923 10
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:31.670 9
DNQ 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:33.495 6
DNQ 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:33.643 6
Q1 107% Time 1:32.214

 * De la Rosa and Karthikeyan did not qualify after failing to meet the Q1 107% time.

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