The new Formula 1 season has started in the same way that ended the previous one, ie with an overwhelming dominance of Mercedes. The German team has achieved the first pole position of the season thanks to Lewis Hamilton who will be joined on the front row of the grid for the GP of Australia by teammate Nico Rosberg.
Williams and Ferrari were the teams that have come closest to Mercedes but yielding about one-half second over time Hamilton so his goal will be to fight for the podium unless the Mercedes have any problems. Carlos Sainz , only Spanish at the meeting, has signed an excellent performance that was 8th with Toro Rosso, a result that even he expected.
The qualifying session was played with little wind that has hindered the work of the pilots. Among those who have been out on the track were not or Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi since Manor F1 Team has been unable to put their cars on track so they go marching in Albert Park without having shot, something that was a given potential weakness this project. These declines were only three seats remain elimination in Q1 and two of them have been for Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen with McLaren-Honda that he still has much room for improvement. Marcus Ericsson was the other driver who failed to Q2.
While these pilots had problems saw some house of Mercedes dominating the timesheets with solvency. Williams and Ferrari were evenly matched and happy faces in the Italian team starting the season on the right foot showed. In Red Bull had a more difficult day with engine problems for Daniel Ricciardo and software for Daniil Kvyat was one of the eliminated in Q2 with men of Force India and Max Verstappen.
The Dutch young Toro Rosso was having a good performance but made a mistake on a curve with their choices of spending is left to Q3. Carlos Sainz Jr. was perfect and snuck into the final round in which he was still able to overcome the two pilots of Lotus fast becoming his debut memorable.
In that Q3 should live the fight for pole between Hamilton and Rosberg but there were so many struggles because English was far superior. In his first attempt Hamilton and set a time that gave him the pole because Rosberg made a mistake in his first attempt fastest lap and was not brilliant in the second. Lewis Hamilton still lowered the clock in his second flying lap to get six tenths to 1.4 seconds Rosberg and Felipe Massa who took third place.
The Brazilian topped by little to Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Both remained behind Valtteri Bottas who erred entry to target his final lap. These four drivers are evenly matched and have applied to the podium, something we expected in the case of Williams but surprises us a little more in the Ferrari could not do this often last year.