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Lewis Hamilton says it is an 'incredible feeling' to be back at the top of the Formula 1 pecking order, praising everyone at McLaren for their efforts over the winter break.
The Briton impressively out-paced team-mate Jenson Button by 0.152 seconds to take pole position for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix, marking the first time that both men will line-up on the front row as fellow McLaren drivers.
"It’s an incredible feeling to be back here and make such a good start. I believe this is mine and Jenson’s first one-two in qualifying, so it’s fantastic," said Hamilton.
"I’m massively proud of the team, with the job they do, to see that they just never give up. I think it’s going to be incredibly tough, very tense throughout the race. Looking after tyres will be key, as always, and obviously getting off the line."
Hamilton finished third during his Formula 1 debut at Albert Park back in 2007, before securing pole position one year later. However, despite his modest success at the circuit in the past, the 2008 Champion is yet to add a Melbourne trophy to his cabinet.
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