Lewis Hamilton starts the Forumla 1 2014 season with pole at Melbourne
The formula One 2014 season has seen a raft of rule changes including shift to smaller V6 engines. The preseason testing was a nightmare for RED Bull and other Renault powered cars. It was expected that the pecking order will be changed in 2014. And so it seems with Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes scoring the pole position at Melbourne, Australia on a rainy saturday.
However, Daniel Ricciardo who shifted from Toro Rosso to Red Bull kept the hopes of Red Bull fans by scoring his first front line qualifying position of his career when he scored P2. His illustrious teammate Sebastian Vettel could only score P13.
It was expected that Mercedes and Williams will be strong. However, Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg could only score P3 with 0.364 seconds slower than the pole winning time.
Kevin Magnussen, a rookie in the first F1 qualifying race of his career, outpaced his team-mate and former world champion Jenson Button of McLaren to score P4 vs P11. McLaren must be happy with their choice.
Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was P5 whereas his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen crashed and finished at P12.
Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso was P6 followed by Nico Hulkenberg of Force India in P7. D Kvyat of Russia, another rookie, scored the P8 position for Toro Rosso.
Felipe Massa and Valeri Bottas scored P9 and P10. However, Valeri Bottas will serve a penalty for gear box change.
Adrian Sutil of Sauber was P14 followed by Kamui Kobayashi who was making his return to F1 with Caterham.
Sergio Perez of Force India would not be a happy man as he could only score a P16 vs his team-mate's P7.
Max Chilton of Marussia came ahead of his team-mate Jules Bianchi at P17 and P18 respectively.
Esteban Gutierrez of Sauber qualified at a lowly P19 ahead of M Ericsson of Caterham at P20. Lotus found itself in an unfamiliar position of coming last with Romain and Maldonado at P21 and P22 and desperately hoping that Lotus corrects their cars.