Lewis Hamilton's lifestyle do not appear to hinder his performance in F1, as the brit once again managed to grab Pole in Australia. This is Hamilton's 50th pole in F1.
Q1 began in a hectic fashion as teams hurried to get their drivers out on track. Wehrlein was the first driver to be eliminated in this new musical chairs style system, followerd by team mate Rio Haryanto. Due to erroneous timing, both Haas drivers failed to go back out on fresh tyres in time, and they were eliminated shortly after the two Manor drivers. Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat was eliminated in a similar fashion, and shortly after him, Sauber's two drivers were eliminated.
In Q2, a problem quickly arose with the new system, as most teams used their softer tyres in Q1 and would be unable to score sufficient times on harder compounds, and neither of Renault's or McLaren's drivers bothered to go out in time. Williams' Bottas and both Force India drivers were also eliminated.
Q3 saw very little action: Most drivers, including Räikkönen and Vettel from Ferrari, decided to not go out anymore. This left Hamilton with an easy pole and left Rosberg with an easy second place.
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Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing