Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for season opener

Hamilton edged out Sebastian Vettel in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for season opener

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Lewis produced a strong performance in Saturday's qualifying, to claim pole position for tomorrow's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The triple world champion produced a record lap of one minute 22.188 to keep off the challenge of Ferrari and claim his 62nd career pole.

Sebastian Vettel, will line up alongside Hamilton in the front row in Melbourne, with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in third.

Kimi Raikkonen finished the qualifying in fourth place, while Red Bull home favourite Daniel Ricciardo crashed out at Turn 14 of Q3, when he spun off the course and into a barrier.

He will start outside outside of the top 10 if a new gearbox is required due to the crash damage. 

Further back in the field, Fernando Alonso was among those who failed to make it through the top 10.

32-year-old Hamilton is hoping to become Britain's first driver to win a quartet of titles.