Lewis Hamilton fastest in initial F1 use in Australia

Lewis Hamilton

Coverage of a Australian Grand Prix is accessible on BBC radio and a BBC Sport website

Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in initial use as a new epoch of Formula 1 started in informed conform during a Australian Grand Prix.

The speak before a weekend in Melbourne had been about a step brazen done by Ferrari over a winter though their fastest motorist Kimi Raikkonen was down in fifth.

Hamilton was regulating faster tyres when he set his fastest time, though a Mercedes seemed quicker on a same tyres, too.

Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas was second forward of a dual Red Bulls.

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Local favourite Daniel Ricciardo, who has had a bustling week congested with promotional appearances, was third fastest, 0.36 seconds quicker than team-mate Max Verstappen.

Bottas, in his initial coming for a Mercedes team, was a chastening 0.583secs behind Hamilton.

The Ferraris, with Sebastian Vettel one place and 0.092secs behind Raikkonen, were some-more than a second slower than a Mercedes.

Raikkonen and Vettel used a super-soft tyre to set their fastest path while Mercedes were on a ultra-soft.

But a Mercedes also set a faster time than Ferrari’s best when regulating a super-soft – Bottas was 0.23secs quicker than Raikkonen’s best.

Red Bull entered a weekend awaiting to be a third quickest group and articulate adult a swell Ferrari had done over a winter but, on a same tyre as Ferrari, Ricciardo was 0.486secs quicker than Raikkonen.

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Bottas was soundly beaten by Hamilton in his initial event opposite his team-mate

McLaren-Honda had a improved time of it than in their apocalyptic pre-season contrast programme, that was raid by trustworthiness problems, though even so two-time universe champion Fernando Alonso was 14th fastest and 2.896secs off a pace, also regulating a super-soft tyre.

His team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne was 20th and final after a problem-affected session.

Britain’s Jolyon Palmer also had a uneasy 90 minutes, 19th fastest and wanting to finish his event early since of a delivery problem.

Australian Grand Prix initial use results

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