Charles Leclerc takes pole position at the Australian Grand Prix to continue Ferrari’s fine start to the new season after two red flags in qualifying in Melbourne… as Max Verstappen takes second and Lewis Hamilton secures fifth place on the grid

Lewis Hamilton will start the Australian Grand Prix from fifth on the grid – with pole going to Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, nearly a second ahead of the Briton. Sainz falls to a lowly P9, with Verstappen and Perez occupying P2 and P3. Leclerc has moved above the world champion into P2 with 90 seconds to go in Q2. Sergio Perez will be investigated after the session for failing to slow down during a yellow flag earlier in Q2, on the lap before the effort that took him to P1. Hamilton fuming with Max Verstappen for being in his way while he was on a hot lap. Vettel gets to the chequered flag just in time, so he will be able to post a lap time. It’s third time lucky for Verstappen, who goes top with a time of 1:18.580, Perez trails by two tenths. With under 10 minutes to go, we are still awaiting lap times from Hamilton, Russell, Stroll and Vettel. Sergio Perez is also looking pretty quick here, going into P2 above Leclerc.

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