"It's frustrating because I think everyone else wants to see them get challenged a bit more, so that was a little bit of a punch in the stomach to everyone".
LEWIS HAMILTON taunted bitter rival Sebastian Vettel as the two started the season with a bang.
Hamilton's team mate Valtteri Bottas had a frustrating session, crashing in the final part of qualifying and failing to set a time, but Hamilton was unconcerned he won't have any back up against the Ferraris.
"I'm always in party mode", he added, referring to Mercedes' self-named engine mode.
"It wasn't a straight-forward session with the rain this morning".
"I can assure you we don't have a party mode", he said. The team have a lot of work to do on the vehicle and he will start from 10th.
More McLaren misery? McLaren wasn't overly optimistic about its prospects in Australia but even they would be bitterly disappointed not to have at least one vehicle in the top 10 after qualifying.
"We were still very close to Ferrari, which is positive". It's not the easiest place to overtake but who knows.
Bottas crashed at turn two early in Q3, bringing out the red flag and ending his session early.
The Englishman was elated as he admitted there was "no better feeling" than beating his rivals in the first shootout of the year after a winter of hard work for him and his Mercedes team.
It took ages for any cars to get out for Q2, with Max Verstappen eventually venturing out on super-softs to enjoy an empty track.
The Finn will face a race against time for his auto to be in working order by Sunday's race. "A penalty sure, there are reprimands, fines, other things but to shoot me in the ankle before the season has started -- I thought they could have done better", Ricciardo said. "He [Hamilton] is free to have a party tonight and hopefully Kimi and I will have a party tomorrow".
Bottas will not start from any closer than 15th on the grid after needing a gearbox change and it will be a long night in the garage for the team's mechanics.
Haas confirmed themselves as the big improvers after positive winter testing, with drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean locking down the third row.
Force India's disappointing winter testing continued on into qualifying in Melbourne so much so that had the Toro Rosso pair of Brendan Hartley and Pierre Gasly not made mistakes on their Q1 runs, both Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon would have finished the session in the bottom five.
Dublin Fire Brigade said eight fire engines, specialist fire-fighting equipment and paramedics were at the scene. According to the eyewitness John Sheridan, "at least five floors" of the building may be covered by a flame.
Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of a number of sanctions as part of the deal. But with time still to run until May, sanctions did not dominate the debate, diplomats said.
Kogan violated the Facebook policy by selling the data as the app was not allowed to use the data for commercial purposes. WhatsApp co-founder, Jan Koum, continues to run the company and sits on Facebook's board.
Black Panther fans will be getting another dose of Wakanda in Marvels next comic blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War . Twitter released a statement with statistics revealing that Black Panther has generated over 35-million tweets.
Ruszczyk's death caused outrage in the United States and Australia and led to the resignation of the city's police chief. Noor was booked in Hennepin County Jail on felony charges of second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder.
The state and the clinic must now provide "expedited briefings" to the court while it considers issuing a preliminary injunction. When it comes to determining the practicality of abortion, the deadline always has to do with fetal viability .
White House officials have seen polling data that puts her in the back of the pack in Mississippi, Republican officials said. Bryant has hotly denied any such influence, but has said he expected President Donald Trump and others to aid his choice.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Trump spoke with Putin yesterday morning. The UK government blamed the nerve agent attack on Russian Federation , which denies any involvement.
Saudi Arabia's crown prince is promoting himself as a social and an economic reformer, reinventing his kingdom for the modern era. Trump is touting close U.S. -Saudi ties during an Oval Office meeting with visiting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman .
Former NFLers involved in league to rival XFL
One difference between Allliance games and the National Football League is that kickoffs will be eliminated, NBC Sports said. Live fantasy play will be integrated into app broadcasts to tap into the 20 million people who now play fantasy football.