Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates taking pole position after qualifying of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 19, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton has clinched his 50th career pole position at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The world champion led throughout the new look qualifying format, recording a fastest lap of one minute 23.837 seconds.

Hamilton became just the third Formula One driver to record 50 pole positions, joining Michaal Schumacher and Ayrton Senna as the only other men to achieve the feat.

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg will start from second, while Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will start from the second row.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo will start from eight spot on the grid.