Max Verstappen tops the opening timesheet in FP1 for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
As rain fell over the Sepang International Circuit and the opening session was initially indefinitely postponed, Max Verstappen rose to the top. Edging his Red Bull team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, by seven-tenths of a second in drying conditions that retained enough moisture for intermediate tyres to be needed throughout.
With limited running on any of the Pirelli wet compounds, the start of the race emerged as a step into the unknown. But while Sainz took the risk of slicks, Verstappen stuck to the inters and began his charge. Hamilton meanwhile edged away smoothly to begin the race that took him to his first race of the year and level things up with Vettel in the drivers’ standings.
Record-setting pole for Lewis Hamilton at the Chinese Grand Prix.
A two-team fight with all four drivers smashing in flying laps ended with Lewis Hamilton posting a Shanghai International Circuit lap record for pole. Edging out Vettel and Bottas to take his sixth consecutive pole in Formula One in dramatic fashion.
Lewis Hamilton secures the first pole of 2017 at the Australian Grand Prix.
For the first time in 2017, the fastest car in Formula One was finally revealed as Hamilton clinched pole for the season-opener. His 62nd career pole comes with a new Albert Park lap record. As Vettel puts Ferrari on the front row for the first time since 2015, while Ricciardo put his Red Bull in the wall.
Sebastian Vettel lays down the pace at the Australian Grand Prix.
Qualifying in Australia continues to near as drops of rain linger in the air. But while the rain holds off, Vettel set more than just the pace. All the while Wehrlein was forced to watch on from the garage after withdrawing from the race. Handing Ferrari’s reserve driver, Antonio Givoniazzi, a surprise Formula One debut.