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Thai driver qualifies for Australian F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne




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Thai driver Alex Albon is brushing aside a crash during Friday’s practice to outpace his teammate in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix today, earning him a place on the starting grid tomorrow.

Sunday’s race will see a Thai flag flying over the grid for the first time in the modern F1 era.

Albon, born to a Thai mother and an English father, posted an impressive time of 1 minute 22.636 seconds to qualify in 13th place on the grid. More impressive still was that the Thai rookie out-qualified his Toro Rosso teammate, Daniil Kvyat, who already has a season in F1 under his belt. Kvyat will start two places behind Albon on the grid in 15th.

Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position with a time of 1m20.486s, just ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Third on the grid is Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel while Red Bull driver Max Verstappen rounds off the top four.

The race begins on Sunday at 12.10pm Thai time.

Provisional starting grid for Sunday’s Melbourne Grand Prix


1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.486s

2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m20.598s 0.112s

3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m21.190s 0.704s

4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m21.320s 0.834s

5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m21.442s 0.956s

6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m21.826s 1.340s

7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m22.099s 1.613s

8 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m22.304s 1.818s

9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m22.314s 1.828s

10 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m22.781s 2.295s

11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m22.562s

12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m22.570s

13 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m22.636s

14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m22.714s

15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m22.774s

16 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m23.017s

17 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m23.020s

18 Carlos Sainz McLaren/Renault 1m23.084s

19 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m24.360s

20 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m26.067s

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