Hamilton claims Aussie GP pole position

Hamilton claims Aussie GP pole position

No home driver has finished on the podium in the 33-year history of the Australian GP, although Ricciardo did climb the rostrum in second place in 2014 only to be disqualified for a fuel flow technicality on his Red Bull auto.

However, on the way back he went too fast.

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Ricciardo was then summoned to see the stewards before being slapped with a three-place grid penalty for the opening race of the 2018 Formula One season.

"They could have given a reprimand, they could have given something [else].

I'm pissed to say the least".

The penalty means no matter what happens in qualifying, Ricciardo's best starting position can be P4.

The instruction for marshals reads: "This (the red flag) should be shown waved only on instruction from the Clerk of the Course when it becomes necessary to stop a practice session or the race". I didn't pass the incident.

"I try to do my cardio in the morning, and strength in the afternoon", he explains. It was just an honest mistake.

Red Bull's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo
Red Bull's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo

Verstappen's ascension and potential, and Ricciardo's pending free agency, has given rise to talk of a move away from Red Bull, the company that provided a financial pathway to F1 in order to make his world championship dream a reality.

"There is a lot of hype around our team which I think is very hard to take much notice of because the last test was a little bit distorted with the track and the way it was", Hamilton said of testing. We had quite a lot of understeer. "You'd have thought a fine or slap on the wrist could have been more appropriate".

"Everyone was on different types so I'm excited to see how everyone fares up when we all get into practice (on Friday)".

The penalty is a heavy blow to both Ricciardo and Red Bull, who have pushed Mercedes close in practice at Albert Park.

Ricciardo can now only start as high as fourth even if he nabs pole in Saturday's qualifying.

Following video and data evidence and a conversation with the driver, the stewards decreed that the Red Bull driver slowed significantly in the final turns.

Fact: Car 3 did not stay above the minimum time set by the FIA ECU under the red flag. Unfortunately he still completed the lap too fast after misreading his dash display.

'As the regulation states, Article.




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