Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position in the 2018 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix after obliterating the lap record on a sensational qualifying session at Albert Park.

The World Champion now has a record seven poles in Australia – including five on the trot – to snatch another mantle from his idol Ayrton Senna (six).

Meanwhile, the earlier rain failed to dampen the spirits of F1 fans, with an estimated crowd of 73,500 in attendance to watch the cars and stars in action.

Our lens man George Hitchens of Ignite Image was on hand to capture every minute. Here’s a selection of his finest work from Saturday at Albert Park:

Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team Ferrari VF-18
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS.18
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren Renault MCL33
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W09
Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda STR13
Esteban Ocon, Force India Mercedes VJM11
Marcus Ericsson, Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C37
Brendon Hartley, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda STR13
Daniel Ricciardo, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14
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Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren Renault MCL33
Daniel Ricciardo, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14
Daniel Ricciardo, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14
Sebastian Vettel, Scuderia Ferrari SF71H - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14
Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team Ferrari VF-18
Lance Stroll, Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW41 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda STR13
Fernando Alonso, McLaren Renault MCL33
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W09
Brendon Hartley, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda STR13
Marcus Ericsson, Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C37
Sebastian Vettel, Scuderia Ferrari SF71H - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14
Sebastian Vettel, Scuderia Ferrari SF71H - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault Sport F1 Team RS.18
Fernando Alonso, McLaren Renault MCL33
Daniel Ricciardo, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14
Max Verstappen, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS.18
Charles Leclerc, Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C37
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team Ferrari VF-18
Sergio Perez, Force India Mercedes VJM11
Brendon Hartley, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda STR13
Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia Ferrari SF71H - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda STR13
Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault Sport F1 Team RS.18
Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team Ferrari VF-18
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W09
Fernando Alonso, McLaren Renault MCL33
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W09
Daniel Ricciardo, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14
Max Verstappen, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren Renault MCL33
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS.18
Sergey Sirotkin, Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW41 - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W09
Fernando Alonso, McLaren Renault MCL33
Daniel Ricciardo, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14
Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia Ferrari SF71H - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Sergio Perez, Force India Mercedes VJM11
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W09
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W09
Sebastian Vettel, Scuderia Ferrari SF71H - 2018 Australian Grand Prix
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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W09
Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia Ferrari SF71H - 2018 Australian Grand Prix

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