Formula One: Hamilton on pole for Australian Grand Prix

MELBOURNE: Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton snatched the season’s opening pole position and the 50th of his career as Formula One’s new-look qualifying format made an uncertain start on Saturday.

Hamilton clocked 1min 23.837 to lock out the front row with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, in an anti-climactic session which was effectively over with four minutes still to run. AFP