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SportLewis 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

10:45  15 march  2019
10:45  15 march  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Hamilton edges Vettel in Australian GP opening practice

Hamilton edges Vettel in Australian GP opening 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. The Ferrari duo of Vettel and Charles Leclerc were evenly matched slotting into second and third place.

Valtteri Bottas enjoyed a dominant victory at the Austrian Grand Prix as his Mercedes team - mate Lewis Hamilton came home in fourth. His team - mate Valtteri Bottas took the win at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday and with He now trails Vettel by 20 points and is only 15 ahead of Bottas .

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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 © Getty Images Lewis Hamilton laid down a marker in Melbourne Lewis Hamilton set out his intent with 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.

First Valtteri Bottas went around in one minute 22.648 seconds to lead the pack halfway through the 90-minute session with his first lap on soft tyres - half a second quicker than his pace on mediums.

Then Hamilton went purple in his first sector and laid down a marker ahead of Saturday's qualifying session with a time of 1min 22.600secs.

The Mercedes team, who have won the constructors championship for the last five seasons, look in imperious form with the remaining pack at least 0.8 seconds behind the 34-year-old Briton.

Such was the dominance of Mercedes that Hamilton's quickest time on the slower medium compound - one minute 23.148 seconds - would have been good enough for second place.

Hamilton takes sixth consecutive Australian GP pole

Hamilton takes sixth consecutive Australian GP pole Lewis Hamilton snatched a sixth consecutive Australian Grand Prix pole position, beating Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas who joins him on the front-row for the Formula 1 2019 season-opener. Bottas had held provisional pole after the first runs in Q3, with Hamilton a full 0.457s adrift after he hit the kerb at Turn 1 and bounced wide on the exit. On the second and final run, Hamilton recorded a session best sector one time en route to a 1m20.486s benchmark to snatch pole from his team-mate. Bottas, who failed to improve on his final run, was comfortable in second as the pre-season favourites Ferrari qualified a distant third and fifth. Sebastian Vettel was 0.

Valtteri Bottas is desperate to beat his rival and team - mate Lewis Hamilton this season. F1 2019 schedule. Australian Grand Prix kicks new season off while British GP set for July. Bottas has received the full-backing of his Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, but the Austrian has made it clear that the

Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari used safety car period to take the lead and held it despite spirited Vettel wins Grand Prix claiming 48th career victory. Lewis Hamilton relegated to second after Overtaking is notoriously difficult at Albert Park and once Vettel had made it to the front, Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc for Ferrari, under new management this season, managed to get within hundredths of a second in first practice but were left with food for thought.

The German, a four-time winner of the world championship, recorded a fastest lap of one minute 23.473 - an improvement of 0.164 seconds compared to FP1 and only good enough for fifth place.

His teammate Leclerc fared even worse, spinning out at turn five late in the session and finishing ninth in the classification, 1.154 seconds behind Hamilton.

Red Bull took third and fourth, with Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly separated by 0.042 seconds, while Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Australian Daniel Ricciardo found the pace they missed in the first session to come in seventh and eighth respectively.

Vettel "not too worried" about gap to Mercedes

Vettel Sebastian Vettel has stated that he is “not too worried” about the gap to Mercedes after finishing third in qualifying for the Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton clinched a sixth consecutive pole position in Melbourne, beating team-mate Valtteri Bottas in what was a close dual between the Mercedes pair. Vettel ended up a distant third for Ferrari, 0.704 seconds behind Hamilton’s benchmark. His team-mate Charles Leclerc qualified in fifth place, nearly a full second adrift of pole. The result contradicted the form guide from pre-season testing, with Hamilton suggesting on the final day in Barcelona that Mercedes was 0.

Lewis Hamilton had solid runs in both Friday practice sessions for the Mexican Grand Prix as he seeks a fourth world title, while Valtteri This year it is Hamilton who has an advantage – 66 points over Vettel going into the final three races. He had set the track record in qualifying last year with 1

Lewis Hamilton praised his Mercedes car after topping both practice sessions for the opening “ Ferrari are still right there with us and Red Bull have picked up a lot of pace ,” Hamilton said. The Australian set his time on the supersoft rubber and was in front of his team - mate Max Verstappen.

Kimi Raikkonen, preparing for his 17th Australian Grand Prix, was a tenth of a second behind Vettel in his Alfa Romeo for sixth, with Haas driver Romain Grosjean rounding out the top ten 1.214 seconds off the pace of Hamilton.

Just as was the case in first practice, two of the British newcomers finished in the bottom three in second practice.

Lando Norris was more than two seconds behind the lead with a best lap of one minute 24.733 seconds in his McLaren - 0.6 seconds behind teammate Carlos Sainz - while the Williams duo of George Russell and Robert Kubica were at the back of the pack with a deficit of 3.853 and 4.055 seconds respectively.

Australian GP practice times

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 01mins 22.600secs

2 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 01:22.648

3 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 01:23.400

4 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Red Bull 01:23.442

5 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 01:23.473

6 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 01:23.572

Bottas dominates Australian GP, Mercedes one-two

Bottas dominates Australian GP, Mercedes one-two Valtteri Bottas dominated the Formula 1 2019 season-opener, to win by 21 seconds ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Bottas, who called the race his “best ever,” seized the lead at the start, beating polesitter Hamilton away from the line and controlling first place throughout the first stint. With Hamilton pitting early to cover off the undercut threat posed by Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, Bottas was able to stay out and extend his first stint.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen achieved Ferrari ’s first front-row lockout in nine years, with Lewis Hamilton only fourth, behind Mercedes team - mate Valtteri Bottas .

LEWIS HAMILTON has declared that his Mercedes team is the best on the Formula 1 grid ahead Ferrari were outstanding in pre-season testing and Sebastian Vettel is the favourite to take home However, Hamilton is still confident that, despite apparently being behind Ferrari in terms of pace

7 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 01:23.574

8 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 01:23.644

9 Charles Leclerc (Fra) Ferrari 01:23.754

10 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 01:23.814

11 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 01:23.933

12 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 01:23.988

13 Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point 01:24.011

14 Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 01:24.133

15 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing 01:24.293

16 Sergio Perez (Mex) Racing Point 01:24.401

17 Alexander Albon (Tha) Scuderia Toro Rosso 01:24.675

18 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 01:24.733

19 George Russell (Gbr) Williams 01:26.453

20 Robert Kubica (Pol) Williams 01:26.655

Gallery: Runners and riders in 2019 season (Deutsche Welle)

Wolff ecstatic with Bottas' response to 2018 critics.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff expressed his delight at how Valtteri Bottas silenced his biggest critics with a dominant win at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Bottas started alongside team-mate Lewis Hamilton on the front row in Melbourne but executed a better getaway than the five-time champion to lead into Turn 1. The Finn built a sizeable lead as the laps ticked off, showing consistent pace as he eventually claimed victory by over 20 seconds and registered a bonus point for fastest lap.

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