Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton ended the opening day of track action at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne’s Albert Park as the fastest overall. The Mercedes driver set a fastest time of 01:23.931s.
It was a great day for Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen as he ended the afternoon in second place with a fastest time of 01:24.058s.
Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes was third fastest with a time of 01:24.159s. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen had a strong day for the Prancing Horse as the Iceman ended the day in fourth place with a fastest time of 01:24.214s ending the day just ahead of his team mate Sebastien Vettel.
The Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean had a fantastic day as the Frenchman ended the afternoon session in sixth place with a time of 01:24.648s.
Home town hero Daniel Ricciardo had a disappointing day as the Red Bull driver will start the race from three places back from where he qualifies on Saturday after being given a grid penalty for not matching the FIA’s sector delta during a brief red flag period.
It was a strong afternoon for McLaren and Fernando Alonso as the Spaniard ended the day in eighth place with a fastest time of 01:25.200s ending the session just ahead of Kevin Magnussen in the second Haas. McLaren Renault’s Stoffel Vandoorne rounded out the top ten with a fastest time of 01:25.285s.
The Renault Sport F1 Team’s Carlos Sainz ended the day just outside the top ten in eleventh place with a time of 01:25.390s.
Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez was 12th fastest for Force India as the Mexican ended the day just ahead of his former team mate Nico Hulkenberg who was 13th for the Renault Sport F1 Team.
Williams Martini Racing’s Lance Stroll ended the day in 14th place with a time of 01;25.543s.
Esteban Ocon in the second Force India was 15th fastest with a time of 01:25.888s, the Frenchman ended the day just ahead of Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly. Williams Martini Racing’s Sergey Sirotkin was 18th fastest with a time of 01:25.974s.
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc rounded out the order.