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World champion Sebastian Vettel took pole position for Sunday's season-opening Qantas Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park – then revealed that neither he nor team-mate Mark Webber had made any use of the power and speed-boost available with their Kinetic Energy Regeneration System (KERS). 

"Not fully charged," he said, with a grin. “We'll keep that in the team... But this was a very good first step for us, to start the season this way is a good base.

"We have worked very hard to get the RB7 where it is now and that is mostly down to the people at the factory and those 'Down Under' who are making it ready. For me, it was a pleasure today. I was quite fast and I am happy with the result.

"But we have zero points like everybody else so now we have to see how we get on in the race."

Only two weeks ago Lewis Hamilton, who snatched second place from Webber with an inspired late lap, was lamenting that his McLaren was uncompetitive, but an overhaul of the exhaust system, floor and front wing has worked wonders.

Hamilton said: "I am absolutely thrilled to be up here today. The guys at the factory have done an unbelievable job. We have really got ourselves back on the right track. "It was a very brave and tough decision to pull back from where we were and after what we did over the winter tests.

"We decided to come back and go in another direction. That is the first time it has happened since I have been in the team. It was very rare, we have never done that before, but the results from the wind tunnel looked good.

"The guys have worked harder than ever, the car feels a huge improvement for us and a great stepping stone for us and a great foundation for us to build on."

Mark Webber was "mystified" by the 0.78 seconds gap between him and Sebastian Vettel but determined to do better on Sunday.

"I couldn't do the times today," he said. "I was disappointed with my performance. Seb put in a good lap and I'm disappointed to get bumped off the front row. I am mystified by the gap and I'll have to look at where I can improve.

“We put everything forward and I wasn't in the fight for pole.

"So, now, I need to address that and take it into tomorrow's race. I’ve had tough Saturdays before and Sunday’s a long, long day. I hope to be up here (in the 1-2-3 press conference) again tomorrow.”

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