Good morning and welcome to our protection of qualifiers forward of tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix.
The final time the Components 1 circus got here to city was in 2020, when ill-fated plans to go forward with the race regardless of the looming menace of COVID19 have been referred to as off mere hours earlier than the primary observe.
Since 2019, the final time the grand prix came about, Melbourne’s Albert Park Circuit has undergone major renovations designed to enhance drivers’ velocity and skill to overhaul on the famously finicky road circuit, which hopefully means we’re in for a fast-paced race suffering from the duels on the entrance of the pack that we’ve already loved a lot this season.
Follow yesterday noticed a continuation of Mercedes’ disappointing begin to 2022: Lewis Hamilton may solely muster thirteenth place after P2, with George Russell two locations greater in eleventh.
Talking forward of observe, Russell admitted that Mercedes are “a good distance behind Ferrari and Purple Bull”, and Lewis Hamilton mentioned after the second session that it had been “difficult”.
Of these two groups this season, Ferrari stays a nostril forward. Carlos Sainz lead P1, and after P2 was third quickest, with Charles Leclerc setting the tempo. The favorite going into the weekend, world champion Max Verstappen, was behind Leclerc by two-tenths. Alpine’s Fernando Alonso was a shock in fourth place, with Verstappen’s Purple Bull teammate rounding out the highest 5.
However after observe session three earlier immediately, it was McLaren, and Lando Norris, who discovered the quickest tempo. The British group have had a beleaguered begin to the season, however made the mandatory adjustments to push Norris forward of Leclerc, and transfer dwelling favorite Daniel Ricciardo as much as sixth quickest, forward of Verstappen in seventh and Hamilton in eight.
However who’ll take pole immediately forward of tomorrow’s race?