GREAT NEWS: Sergio Perez move after qualifying with penalty penalized by Australian Grand…

Results of qualifying and the moments where Sergio Perez is penalized.

Max Verstappen is on course to take a record-equalling 10 consecutive victories after putting his Red Bull on pole position for the Australian Grand Prix.

Verstappen’s third pole in as many races appeared under threat with Ferrari threatening to knock the all-conquering Dutchman off his perch.

But Verstappen upped the ante in front of a record Saturday crowd at Melbourne’s Albert Park of just shy of 131,000, to see off Carlos Sainz, who missed the last round in Saudi Arabia with appendicitis, by 0.270 seconds.

Lewis Hamilton holds a record eight pole positions here, but the British driver was eliminated in Q2, leaving him a disappointing 11th on the grid – his lowest starting position in Melbourne for 14 years. Hamilton failed to progress to Q3 after he finished 0.059 seconds behind George Russell in the other Mercedes.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen fought off a challenge from Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz to take pole position for the Australian Grand Prix.

Sainz was quickest in the first two parts of qualifying but the world champion bounced back in the top 10 shoot-out to take pole by 0.27 seconds.

Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez was third with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc fifth behind McLaren’s Lando Norris.

Post-surgery Carlos Sainz is tasked with sharing the front row with Max Verstappen and trying to stop the dominate Red Bull driver from taking another race victory.

We get a teeny-tiny lie-in tomorrow, as the Australian Grand Prix gets under way at 04:00 GMT. Full commentary of the race will be on BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sounds app.

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