Lewis Hamilton takes the pole of the Australian Grand Prix while home favourite Daniel Ricciardo is second for Red Bull Racing.

Lewis_Hamilton-Australian_GP-2014-S01Qualifying has been revised very slightly for 2014, with Q1 shortened by two minutes to 18 minutes, and Q3 extended by two minutes to 12 minutes.

To encourage Q3 running, all drivers in Q3 will get an extra set of option tyres for that session. They will start the race on the tyres they used to set their best Q2 time.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton denied home favourite Daniel Ricciardo a maiden pole position in a thrilling rain-affected qualifying session in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon. The Red Bull driver looked to have done enough to grab the top spot with his final effort, but Hamilton wasn’t to be denied, taking his Mercedes around 0.317s quicker than the Australian. The other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg was third fastest.

Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:44.231 22
02. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:44.548 20
03. Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:45.595 21
04. Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes 1:45.745 19
05. Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1:45.819 21
06. France Jean Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:45.864 21
07. Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 1:46.030 20
08. Russia Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:47.368 20
09. Brazil Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing 1:48.079 21
10. Finland Valtteri Bottas* Williams Martini Racing 1:48.147 19
11. United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 1:44.437 13
12. Finland Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 1:44.494 13
13. Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:44.668 13
14. Deutschland Adrian Sutil Sauber F1 Team 1:45.655 12
15. Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham F1 Team 1:45.268 13
16. Mexico Sergio Perez Sahara Force India 1:47.293 13
17. United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team 1:34:293 5
18. France Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 Team 1:34:794 5
19. Mexico Esteban Gutierrez Sauber F1 Team 1:35:117 7
20. Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 Team 1:35:157 5
21. France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team 1:36:993 6
22. Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team no time 3
  Q1 107% Time: 1:37.129  
* Valtteri Bottas – Will start the race from 15th position because of his penalty.