Melbourne: World champion Sebastian Vettel produced a flying last lap to grab the pole for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday.
     
Vettel trumped Lewis Hamilton's best time in a Mercedes with his fastest lap of one minute 27.407 seconds, and will start alongside his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber on the front row of the grid.
     
It was the young German's 37th career pole and sets up the world champion Red Bull team as favourites heading into the season-opening race at Melbourne's Albert Park street circuit.
    
"It was definitely not easy in these conditions and it is always tricky to find the limit in these conditions, especially around some of the areas that were still a bit wet," Vettel said.
     
Hamilton, who has switched to Mercedes from McLaren, had looked set to nab the pole when he carved 3.3secs off the best lap time to 1:28.087 but Vettel, under the hammer, produced a sizzling final lap to trump the Briton.
     
"The guys did a fantastic job to get us out on time and it was very tricky out there and I am very happy to get the job done. Obviously these guys (Red Bull) were incredibly quick," Hamilton said.

(Agencies)

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