For qualifying, it was a battle between Ferrari and Red Bull in Australia.
After the circuit updates, drivers were prepared to exceed expectations in Melbourne.
Soft compounds were key for the drivers. Ferrari fought hard showing confidence in all corners of the circuit. The duo mastered Turn 5 and 6. There was porpoising. Sainz sealed a 1:19:179. Leclerc claimed a 1:18:881.
Lewis Hamilton tried to get the necessary maneuvering along to avoid the lines. There was an oversteering moment at Turn 11. Usually the master of tyre management, the Brit found it a challenge. His regular rival, Verstappen got a 1:18:580.
A red flag appeared as Lance Stroll attempted an overtake on Latifi causing a collision.
The Aston Martin rear wheel made contact. Should he have been aware? It almost looked intentional as he saw the gap…
A red flag flared up at turn 11. Fernando found the wall. He couldn’t shift down to get speed. The Oviedo native ended up in the gravel. Alonso’s ambition affected the other Spaniard on track, Carlos Sainz who didn’t make his time.
With three minutes on the clock, Perez powered through to take on the Ferrari at front. Mercedes missed their chance.
Charles Leclerc surprised to get his second pole this season. The Monegasque driver impressed with 1:17:868. It’s Ferrari’s first pole in Australia in 15 years. Well done!