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Thai driver qualifies for F1 Australian Grand Prix

Thai driver qualifies for F1 Australian Grand Prix

Thai driver Alex Albon brushed aside his crash in Friday’s practice to outpace his teammate in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday and earn a place on the starting grid.

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 1m22.636s in qualifying for 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


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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