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Hamilton tops opening practice in Melbourne
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton picked up where he left off last year by topping the opening practice session for the Australian GP in Melbourne. Hamilton's lap of 1m23.599s was enough to lead the opening track cleaning session over the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel (+0.038s) and Charles Leclerc (+0.074s).

Max Verstappen was 4th for Red Bull (+0.193s), now with Honda power, while the 2nd Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas (+0.267s) rounded out the top-5.

New Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly failed to make the sort of impact as teammate Verstappen, and lapped 1.3s off the pace in eighth.

That allowed Kimi Raikkonen to hold best-of-the-rest behind the big three, giving Alfa Romeo an early boost on its first grand prix weekend as a full entrant.

Raikkonen was 1.2s off the pace, indicating the midfield group is no closer to Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull than before.

Practice 1 Results

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes/Mercedes1m23.599s0.000s26
2Sebastian VettelFerrari/Ferrari1m23.637s0.038s18
3Charles LeclercFerrari/Ferrari1m23.673s0.074s18
4Max VerstappenRed Bull/Honda1m23.792s0.193s22
5Valtteri BottasMercedes/Mercedes1m23.866s0.267s30
6Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo/Ferrari1m24.816s1.217s18
7Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Honda1m24.832s1.233s30
8Pierre GaslyRed Bull/Honda1m24.932s1.333s23
9Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari1m24.934s1.335s24
10Nico HulkenbergRenault/Renault1m25.015s1.416s11
11Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo/Ferrari1m25.166s1.567s23
12Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m25.224s1.625s18
13Alexander AlbonToro Rosso/Honda1m25.230s1.631s21
14Carlos SainzMcLaren/Renault1m25.285s1.686s19
15Lance StrollRacing Point/Mercedes1m25.288s1.689s26
16Sergio PerezRacing Point/Mercedes1m25.498s1.899s21
17Daniel RicciardoRenault/Renault1m25.634s2.035s16
18Lando NorrisMcLaren/Renault1m25.966s2.367s31
19Robert KubicaWilliams/Mercedes1m27.914s4.315s25
20George RussellWilliams/Mercedes1m28.740s5.141s25
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