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SportHamilton edges Vettel in Australian GP opening practice

05:10  15 march  2019
05:10  15 march  2019 Source:   readsport.co

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Hamilton edges Vettel in Australian GP opening practice © Charles Coates/Getty Images Sport F1 Grand Prix of Australia - Practice

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheet in the first practice session of the 2019 Formula 1 season, edging Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by 0.038 seconds in Melbourne.

Hamilton had trailed Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas on the times after the first 40 minutes of the session.

However, his 1m23.599s time propelled him to first place and 0.267s clear of Bottas and nearly half a second faster than last year’s FP1 pace.

While Hamilton remained top of the times, Bottas was shuffled further down the order as the 90-minute session unfolded.

Hamilton seals practice clean sweep, Vettel second

Hamilton seals practice clean sweep, Vettel second Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton topped third and final practice ahead of the Formula 1 season-opener in Australia, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc ended up second and third. Low grip conditions as a result of cooler track temperatures at the start of the session meant that times were slower than in FP2 for the majority of FP3. Hamilton had hit the top of the timesheet with a 1m23.699s – a second slower than his fastest FP2 time – and this remained the fastest time heading into the final 20 minutes of the hour long session. Vettel was the first driver to dip into the 1m22s, eclipsing Hamilton’s Friday benchmark with a 1m22.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was the defending race winner.[5] Lewis Hamilton started the race from pole—his seventh pole position in Australia ,[6] a record for the event—while Vettel successfully defended ^ " Australian GP , Practice Three: Sebastian Vettel fastest after heavy rain in Melbourne".

Lewis Hamilton edged out a "fired up" Sebastian Vettel for a resurgent Ferrari to claim pole for the season- opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne Saturday.

The Ferrari duo of Vettel and Charles Leclerc were evenly matched slotting into second and third place.

Vettel was just 0.038s adrift of Hamilton and Leclerc was just a further 0.036s behind in his first session at a grand prix weekend as a Ferrari driver.

Bottas, who was beaten to fourth by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, ran off-track at Turn 15 late in the session after dipping his outside wheels into the grass on corner entry.

Quickly spinning the car around in the run-off area, Bottas narrowly avoided shaving the wall with the rear end of his W10 Mercedes.

Toro Rosso’s rookie Alexander Albon was the only driver to hit the barriers during the session. He spun at Turn 2, with both the front and rear of the car striking the wall.

A red flag was thrown, despite Albon being able to recover to the pits missing his front wing but with seemingly minor damage to the rest of the car.

Lewis Hamilton makes it a practice double at Australian Grand Prix as his Mercedes sets the pace ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton makes it a practice double at Australian Grand Prix as his Mercedes sets the pace ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel Lewis Hamilton signalled his intent to defend his Formula One work title by recording a practice double ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The reigning world champion had said his team had 'work to do' after Ferrari proved faster in pre-season testing in Barcelona. But no-one could match the Silver Arrows under blue skies at Melbourne's Albert Park in second practice on Friday afternoon. The #SkyF1 pundits Martin Brundle, Johnny Herbert and Paul Di Resta give their verdict on F1 2019's first day...Full #AustralianGP schedule: https://t.co/6PCa5csIcF Find out more about #SkyF1: https://t.

Winds. Open settings. Lewis Hamilton celebrates taking pole position at the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 19, 2016. Vettel said Mercedes' continued dominance in qualifying was expected, but believes the Ferraris can match their long-run pace, saying "tomorrow

Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position for the Australian Grand Prix as local hope Daniel Ricciardo crashes in qualifying. The front three after qualifying for the Australian GP . Vettel ’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was in fourth followed by the first of the Red Bulls in the hands of

His team-mate Daniil Kvyat was seventh. Both the Russian and sixth placed Kimi Raikkonen for Alfa Romeo improved late in the session to demote Red Bull newcomer Pierre Gasly to eighth on the timesheet.

Nico Hulkenberg spent the majority of the session in the garage after an electrical issue emerged on his Renault after his installation lap. The floor of the car had to be removed as part of the investigation.

He only posted his first timed lap in the final 20 minutes of running and climbed to an eventual 10th place behind the Haas of Kevin Magnussen.

Hulkenberg’s new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was blocked by Romain Grosjean in the final sector after posting two personal bests in the first two splits.

Ricciardo improved with his next lap but could only manage a time good enough for 17th.

Just over one second covered Raikkonen in sixth place to McLaren’s Lando Norris in 18th, as the midfield battle appears to be as close as predicted.

Williams were adrift at the back of the pack. Robert Kubica was 4.3s off the pace in 19th, while Formula 2 champion George Russell stopped at the end of the pitlane during the session and finished bottom of the timesheet.

Bottas beats Mercedes teammate Hamilton to win Australian GP.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Valtteri Bottas has rediscovered his joy of driving and it has had immediate success as he led Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in a 1-2 finish at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Mercedes was a hot favorite to win in Melbourne after dominating every practice session and qualifying on the first weekend of the season. It was just the finishing order - and the gap of more than 20 seconds - on Sunday that was a surprise. Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (C) celeberates on the podium after the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17, 2019.

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