- Lewis Hamilton will start the season-opening Australian Grand Prix from pole position after setting the fastest qualifying time on Saturday. The three-time Formula One world champion broke the track record when he lapped the Albert Park circuit in his Mercedes in a time of one minute 22.188 seconds. It was the British driver's 62nd pole position of his career. Germany's Sebastian Vettel will start Sunday's race alongside Hamilton on the front row of the grid after recording the second quickest time in his Ferrari. Hamilton's new Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas qualified third and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was fourth. "It's been a fantastic weekend so far. I'm incredibly proud of my team," Hamilton said. "Valtteri did a great job and it's great for us as Mercedes. It's going to be a tight race."