Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes ‘shocked’ after thrashing Ferrari in Australia qualifying | F1 News

Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes 'shocked' after thrashing Ferrari in Australia qualifying | F1 News

Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes 'shocked' after thrashing Ferrari in Australia qualifying | F1 News

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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton insists his pole position for the season-starting Australian GP was a surprise.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton insists his pole position for the season-starting Australian GP was a surprise.

Lewis Hamilton says the size of Mercedes’ superiority in qualifying for the Australian GP was “a real shock” after the world champions blitzed pre-season favourites Ferrari.

Although Hamilton took pole for the season-opener by just one tenth from team-mate Valtteri Bottas, it was the size of Mercedes’ advantage over their rival teams which shocked the paddock.

Sebastian Vettel was over half a second behind as he took third on the grid while Max Verstappen was nearly a full second adrift despite landing fourth place ahead of Charles Leclerc.

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