Lewis Hamilton took a fantastic pole position in the first qualifying session of the season, leading a McLaren one-two at Melbourne. Hamilton's brilliant lap of 1.24.922 put him just over a tenth clear of his team mate Jenson Button, who will start 2nd. However the real star of the day was Romain Grosjean who starts third in the Lotus. A very dramatic and exhilarating session saw Kimi Raikkonen fall out in Q1, neither Ferrari get into Q3, and Red Bull demoted to the third row.
|Schumacher was in fine form today|
|A very frustrating day for Fernando Alonso|
|A brilliant performance by Hamilton saw him take pole|
A stunning qualifying session to get the season going, with lots of talking points. The season is going to be a very close, and very entertaining one if this session is anything to go by.