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Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow’s opening Formula One race from pole position after an exciting qualifying session.
The session, which was rain-affected , was full of surprises with the drivers having to quickly become accustomed to their new machinery.
Ricciardo was seconds away from earning his first ever pole position before the Mercedes driver snatched it away from him with a lap time of 1:44.231.
The support shown for Ricciardo today was unbelievable, with the crowd going wild for the Red Bull rookie.
Vettel, who had struggled throughout the day, saw his final lap obstructed by Kimi Raikkonen’s crash meaning that he had to push the car to its limits in order to get into the top 10.
This led to the German making a few mistakes towards the end of the lap and failing to make it through. The crowds reaction as they saw this on the big screens was hilarious. The Aussies have clearly not forgotten how Vettel treated their old hero, Mark Webber over the years.
Nico Rosberg will start from third place, alongside rookie Kevin Magnusson who handled the pressure of his first qualifying session superbly.
Fernando Alonso managed to find some pace in his Ferrari and will start from a reasonable fifth place and he will be much happier than his teammate, Raikkonen, who could only manage 12th position.
It was a terrible day for the Lotus team with both drivers being eliminated after qualifying one after getting caught out by the weather. Both Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado had excursions off the track as the rain began, with Maldonado failing to post a single lap time.
Overall today’s session was exciting to watch and I think that we are in for a great season. It was good to see plenty of teams showing their potential, especially in the wet conditions.
I was personally very impressed with the rookie drivers, especially Magnusson in the McLaren. Seeing Ricciardo showing Vettel up was also a great feeling and I loved how involved the crowd got with the failings of Vettel.
Tomorrow’s race will be a trip into the unknown for all of the teams whether it rains or not and I for one cannot wait to watch it.
It has been a while since I have been able to say that!!!