Australian Grand Prix 2017 – Qualifiers Results and a brief Recap.
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Wait for Australian Grand Prix 2017 today got over with a drama packed qualifier race at Melbourne’s Albert Park Circuit. People were so excitingly looking forward for this 2017 first F1 showdown with new setups. Toto Wolff, Mercedes AMG boss, had already stated that he expects the 2017 cars to be the fastest in the history of F1, and eagerly every single F1 fan was waiting for the Face-off between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel for the first time in 2017.
Results for the Qualifier-
In qualifiers today 3 Time World Champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) took the Pole Position posting a time of 1:22:188 for the Sunday’s Grand Prix, he topped the action packed qualifiers delivering the astounding performance to leave his closest competitor Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) behind. Vettel who came second (1:22:456) will start Sunday alongside Lewis Hamilton on the front row of grid. Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas who replaced Nico Rosberg after he retired previous year, secured the third position leaving Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen behind who took fourth position.
After the practise sessions it was noted that Hamilton was the fastest in his Mercedes while his teammate Bottas was third fastest. Second was Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. After him it was fellow Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen, and then the two Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. All the top 5 drivers were within a second from each other. The practise sessions went fine and there weren’t many issues, even though Williams driver Massa suffered some transmission problems. Also, Renault's Jolyon Palmer crashed into a wall. Results for the qualifier are also somewhat similar to as of practice session.
Here are the final standings for the qualifiers.
On the other side the most disappointing moment for the crowd came when Redbull’s Local crowd favourite Aussie Driver Daniel Ricciardo crashed out in Q3 at Turn 14, who himself labelled this crash “weird”. "It was a little bit weird, when I turned in I felt the rear was a little bit light, but it kind of snapped a little bit later," said Ricciardo. He ended up classified 10th whereas his Dutch teammate Max Verstappen finished 5th on the grid.
The design of the cars were definitely eye-catching, bigger with dramatic wings & wider tires. Ferrari who couldn’t register a single win last season were near Mercedes. Ferrari’s Driver Sebastian Vettel, a four time World Champion, finished marginally ahead of Bottas.
Lewis Hamilton, a 32 year British driver who is a strong bet this year finished .268 seconds ahead of Vettel, with this Hamilton has marked 62nd Pole position of his racing career- 3 behind Ayrton Senna and 6 behind Michael Schumacher in the all-time list. Hamilton who is chasing his 4th and has already have three titles will become the first British Driver to win four Titles after winning another one.
The drivers for the team include Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll. Massa is holding off retirement to drive with Williams, and Stroll is a Canadian youngster and son of billionaire fashion mogul Lawrence Stroll, has a steep learning curve ahead as he has crashed three times during testing.
The newcomers include Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso who will be joining McLaren. Unfortunately for them, they ended testing with the fewest laps of any teams as the Honda power unit fitted to their McLaren race cars had a lot of problems during testing. There is one less team this year as Manor (formerly Marussia) got into financial trouble and has been disbanded.
2017 Australian Grand Prix is scheduled on Sunday at 9:00AM (GMT+4) to get us know who will be going to finally pull this off and win this Title to mark the year’s first victory of 2017.
To check Final rankings for the Grand Prix go to https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2017/races/959/australia/starting-grid.html