This morning saw the new F1 World Championship burst into life with Mercedes being even more dominant than many expected and sadly McLaren even worse than many feared.

Overall, Lewis Hamilton’s Pole Position time was over 5seconds (FIVE SECONDS!) quicker than that of Jenson Button in the leading McLaren down in 17th place.  Worrying for McLaren and the season as a whole, hopefully Honda will sort out the engine.

Also on a bit of a downer, the story of Manor/Marussia’s fight against all odds took a blow with the team now managing a single lap in practice or qualifying and therefore will not make the grid on Sunday.  They are fighting though and with another two weeks prep they could be out in Malaysia, probably beating McLaren, eek.

As expected, Williams, Red Bull and Ferrari were best of the rest following the Mercedes.  The Ferrari has made the biggest improvement – going from being a lame pony dragged around by Alonso to looking more like a horse ready to start prancing with Sebastian Vettel at the saddle wheel.

Massa managed an impressive 3rd ahead of the Ferrari duo, while his teammate Bottas messed up his fast lap and has back pain, so much so that he could miss the race on Sunday on medical grounds.

Toro Rosso impressed in qualifying, with Carlos Sainz grabbing 8th place and putting the team ahead of Force India who line up a disappointing 14th and 15th, just ahead of the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson.  Sauber’s other driver, Felipe Nasr gave the team something to smile about though, with a solid 11th place grid slot.

This is a shaky start to the new season, unless your name is Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton or you’re anyone else in a Mercedes team shirt.  Roll on Sunday, the chasing fights between the chasing pack could be fascinating.

Don’t forget – you can join us to watch the race live in London on Sunday morning, with a full English breakfast and loads of prizes to be won – Aussie GP Breakfast Bash

 

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All smiles for Lewis – credit: Mercedes AMG F1 Media
While Jenson stares longingly at the timesheet... credit: McLaren Honda Media
While Jenson stares longingly at the timesheet… credit: McLaren Honda Media
Even Ricciardo lost his smile after qualifying down in 7th - credit: Red Bull Racing Media
Even Ricciardo lost his smile after qualifying down in 7th – credit: Red Bull Racing Media