Round one of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship at a warm, sunny and clear Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, sees Rich Energy Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean qualify in sixth position, with his teammate Kevin Magnussen qualifying in seventh for the 2019 Australian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton secured pole position in his Mercedes, also setting a new track record with a qualifying time of 1:20.486.
The Haas F1 Team put in a strong performance in their new VF-19, with Kevin Magnussen setting the sixth-fastest time in Q1 with a lap time of 1:22.519 around the 3.295 mile (5.303 km) 15-turn Melbourne circuit. Romain Grosjean was seventh fastest with a lap time of 1:22.959.
With 15 remaining drivers in Q2, Grosjean achieved fifth-fastest with a time of 1:21.870 with Magnussen securing the seventh-fastest time of 1:22.221.
The Q3 shootout with the remaining top 10 drivers sees the Rich Energy Haas Team holding its own up against reigning world champions Mercedes and Scuderia Ferrari and Red Bull. The chequered flag went down on Q3 with Grosjean achieving sixth position on the grid with a lap time of 1:21.826 and teammate Magnussen securing seventh with a lap time of 1:22.099.
Romain Grosjean commented after qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, that “P6 on the grid, that’s good. It’s been a good day, especially with Kevin (Magnussen) up there too. The car’s been performing well, on a track that we’ve always been competitive at, so that’s good. It’s the first time we’ve really run the full qualifying set-up, so that’s been interesting for us to discover a bit more. The car worked well, and we’re pretty much where we thought we were. There are maybe some surprises in the pecking order, but I’m very happy with our day. I think our race pace looks as good as we did in qualifying. We’ll keep pushing, keep delivering, and hopefully we’ll score some strong points to start the year.”
The line-up for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix sees Lewis Hamilton in pole with teammate Valtteri Bottas alongside him in second. The second row of the grid has Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari in third with Max Verstappen in his Red Bull in fourth. The second Ferrari of Charles Leclerc is in fifth position sitting alongside Romain Grosjean in sixth. Kevin Magnussen in seventh, has rookie Lando Norris in his debut Grand Prix, alongside him in an impressive eighth place in his McLaren. The top ten is rounded off with Kimi Räikkönen in ninth in his Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari and Sergio Perez in tenth in the Racing Point BWT Mercedes.
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Photographs courtesy of Haas F1 Team