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Lewis Hamilton storms to sixth straight Australian GP pole

Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 for his sixth successive Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix pole position, and eighth overall at the event. Hamilton trailed Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas after the opening Q3 runs, following a scruffy effort through the first turn, but bounced back in the final push lap to snatch top spot. Hamilton posted a new circuit record of 1:20.486 to beat Bottas by 0.112s, with the Finn unable to improve on his final Q3 effort. Sebastian Vettel emerged as Mercedes’ nearest challenger but was never realistically in the fight for pole position as he wound up seven-tenths down on Hamilton. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen split the...
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