Australian Grand Prix qualifying at Albert Park in Melbourne
Australian Grand Prix qualifying 1 results
Colder conditions with rain threatening saw some of the top teams struggling in Q1.
Ferrari had been fastest in the morning but Kimi Raikkonen had complained of struggles with the rear end and that continued into qualifying.
But there was never any danger that they would not make it through with Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel finishing P2 and P8.
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Lance Stroll will take a five-place grid penalty after crashing in Saturday practice and he qualifed 19th.
Jolyon Palmer crashed on Friday and his time was the slowest of Q1 by more than a second.
ELIMINATED: 16 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.419, 17 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:26.847, 18 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 1:26.858, 19 Lance Stroll (Can) Williams 1:27.143, 20 Jolyon Palmer (Gbr) Renault 1:28.244.
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Australian Grand Prix qualifying 2 results
Marcus Ericsson had pipped his debutant team-mate Giovinazzi to a spot in Q2 but he could not improve and will start 15th.
Force India meanwhile came to Australia with high hopes after Vijay Mallya targeted third place in the Constructors' Championship but they will need to do better than this after both drivers missed out on Q3 while McLaren's Fernando Alonso told his team he could do no more than the lap he produced.
Romain Grosjean was the star of the session, pushing his Haas into the top 10 despite getting blocked on his first hot lap.
ELIMINATED: 11 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:25.081, 12 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:25.091, 13 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1:25.425, 14 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India 1:25.568, 15 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.465.
Australian Grand Prix qualifying 3 results
Lewis Hamilton claimed his sixth Australian Grand Prix pole, beating Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel into second.
Team-mate Valtteri Bottas finished third while Daniel Ricciardo failed to set a time for Red Bull after crashing into the barriers on the exit of Turn 14.
The accident saw the session red-flagged with eight minutes remaining, giving the closing stages a frantic feel especially with dark clouds threatening to burst at any moment.
In the shakedown, Romain Grosjean impressed once again, finishing 'best of the rest' and his Haas will start sixth tomorrow morning.
1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:22.188, 2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:22.456, 3 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:22.481, 4 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:23.033, 5 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:23.485, 6 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:24.074, 7 Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams 1:24.443, 8 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:24.487, 9 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:24.512, 10 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull No Time.