Hamilton takes pole for Australian GP ahead of Rosberg

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 19, 2016 03:22 PM
Hamilton takes pole for Australian GP ahead of Rosberg
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car on turn two during the third practice session at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, March 19, 2016. The season's opening race will be held here on Sunday March 20.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

CHRIS LINES, AP Sports Writer

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg on Saturday, as Formula One's new qualifying format proved to be anti-climactic.

Hamilton's time of 1 minute, 23.837 at the Albert Park circuit was three-tenths of a second faster than Rosberg, with third and fourth place filled by the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

The new qualifying format of rolling eliminations every 90 seconds failed to produce an intended shake-up in the grid order, and in the third and final qualifying session, many drivers chose to save tires for the race rather than try to better the times of the cars ahead.

Fans were streaming out of the grandstands and the leading drivers were out of their cars with minutes left in the session.

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