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

POS DRIVER CAR/ENGINE TIME BEHIND LAPS
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 1m23.599s 0.000s 26
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 1m23.637s 0.038s 18
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari/Ferrari 1m23.673s 0.074s 18
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m23.792s 0.193s 22
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes/Mercedes 1m23.866s 0.267s 30
6 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m24.816s 1.217s 18
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m24.832s 1.233s 30
8 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m24.932s 1.333s 23
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m24.934s 1.335s 24
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault/Renault 1m25.015s 1.416s 11
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m25.166s 1.567s 23
12 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m25.224s 1.625s 18
13 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m25.230s 1.631s 21
14 Carlos Sainz McLaren/Renault 1m25.285s 1.686s 19
15 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m25.288s 1.689s 26
16 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m25.498s 1.899s 21
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault/Renault 1m25.634s 2.035s 16
18 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m25.966s 2.367s 31
19 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m27.914s 4.315s 25
20 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m28.740s 5.141s 25

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