Posted March 17, 2012 on AP on Fox

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 02: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes faces questions from the media in the paddock during winter testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 2, 2010 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Lewis Hamilton led a 1-2 McLaren finish Saturday by winning the pole position for Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Hamilton qualified in 1 minute, 24.922 seconds on the Albert Park circuit, one-tenth of a second ahead of teammate Jenson Button. This is the first all-McLaren front row since 2009. Hamilton has won 20 poles during his career, the 13th driver in F1 history to do so. He is tied with Fernando Alonso and Damon Hill. ''It's a fantastic feeling to be back here, and it's an incredible start to the season,'' Hamilton said. ''It was a tremendous job from the team to get us to this point. We've had a couple of tough years, but we never seem to give up.'' Four of the past five winners in Melbourne have started from the pole, boosting Hamilton's hopes for Sunday's race. Lotus' Romain Grosjean was a surprise third. Mercedes' Michael Schumacher qualified fourth, ahead of the Red Bull pair of Mark Webber and world champion Sebastian Vettel. It was a dismal da...
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