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F1: Lewis Hamilton nabs Australian GP pole in Mercedes 1-2

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Lewis Hamilton set a new track record in Q3 of Formula One qualifying to take the pole for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.

The defending world champion beat teammate Valtteri Bottas by 0.112 seconds to claim his sixth consecutive Melbourne pole with a record lap time of 1:20:486. With his eighth pole at Albert Park, Hamilton also tied the record held by Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna for most poles at a track.

“I’m shaking, it was so close out there,” Hamilton said following his pole run. “We’ve got an incredible crowd here.”

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished third, 0.834 seconds behind, with Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Vettel’s teammate, Charles Leclerc, qualifying fourth and fifth, respectfully.

Haas teammates Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will start in P6 and P7, and McLaren’s Landon Norris will start eighth in his first grand prix after a very impressive Q2 and Q3 for the 19-year-old Briton. Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez rounded out the top ten.

To the disappointment of local fans, Aussie Daniel Ricciardo didn’t make it into Q3, finishing twelfth behind Renault teammate Nico Hulkenburg.

Toro Rosso rookie Alexander Albon will start 13th in his first grand prix, alongside Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi, who will start 14th in his first grand prix since 2017. Daniil Kvyat was the last driver to make it into Q2 and will start 15th.

Racing Point’s Lance Stroll will start 16th, alongside Frenchman Pierre Gasly, who will start a disappointing 17th after not making a second run in Q1 due to a failed strategy mishap by his Red Bull team.

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz starts 18th with both Williams cars rounding out the field.

Robert Kubica, making his first start since 2017, suffered a tire puncture at the end of Q1, which hampered his final laps. He will start last next to teammate George Russell.

Full qualifying results and times are listed below:

 

Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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