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Max Verstappen claims his first Australian GP pole place: Pink Bull team-mate Sergio Perez crashed out in Q1; Mercedes’ George Russell second forward of team-mate Lewis Hamilton; watch the Australian GP dwell on Sunday at 6am on Sky Sports activities F1, with build-up from 4:30am

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Max Verstappen takes pole in Australia, George Russell out qualifies teammate Lewis Hamilton to second on the grid.

Max Verstappen takes pole in Australia, George Russell out qualifies teammate Lewis Hamilton to second on the grid.

Max Verstappen held off a shock Mercedes cost in Australian Grand Prix Qualifying to beat George Russell and Lewis Hamilton to pole place.

The reigning world champion turned an awesome favorite for pole when his Pink Bull team-mate Sergio Perez crashed out in Q1, however in difficult cool and windy circumstances at Albert Park, Mercedes posed an sudden problem.

Hamilton was simply 9 thousandths of a second off Verstappen after the primary set of runs in Q3, however the Dutchman was capable of pull out a transparent benefit as he delivered a 1:16.732 within the closing moments.

It was Russell who was capable of snatch a spot on the entrance row, edging out Hamilton by half a tenth and out-qualifying his seven-time world champion team-mate for the third time in as many races this season.

Fernando Alonso, who has completed on the rostrum behind Pink Bull one-twos in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, was solely capable of end fourth for Aston Martin, whereas his team-mate Lance Stroll was sixth.

Carlos Sainz break up the Aston Martins in fifth, pulling off a uncommon Qualifying overcome his Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc, who was seventh.

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