F1 champ Hamilton at the back of the grid as Button claims Australian GP pole

REIGNING world champion Lewis Hamilton will start the opening race of the 2009 Formula 1 season from last place. Hamilton was 15th fastest in the first qualifying phase for tomorrow s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. However, a five-place grid penalty

REIGNING world champion Lewis Hamilton will start the opening race of the 2009 Formula 1 season from last place.

Hamilton was 15th fastest in the first qualifying phase for tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

However, a five-place grid penalty for then changing his gearbox means the 24-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver from Tewin will start from 20th position.

It's a far cry from last season when Herts hero Hamilton bagged pole position around the Albert Park circuit and went on to win the race.


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Fellow Brit Jenson Button will line up on pole this year in an all-Brawn GP front row alongside Rubens Barrichello.

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