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Hello and welcome back to LIVE LIVE for the free practice sessions of the 2019 Australian GP, ​​the first round of the F1 World Championship. On the Albert Park track, in Melbourne, we will start to get serious. The new cars will begin to become familiar with the Australian street circuit to define the set-up in the best way.

It kicks off the great challenge between Ferrari and Mercedes. A championship that should once again experience the confrontation between the Maranello team and the Silver Arrows. Sebastian Vettel is Charles Leclerc they are ready to launch the gauntlet, demonstrating the qualities of the SF90, which appeared to be super competitive during the tests held in Barcelona. But Brackley's team will certainly not be watching. The W10 is a car that is well cared for from an aerodynamic point of view and the technical champions of the world have other surprises in store to make it even more competitive. It will therefore be interesting to take note of the times.

Red Bull should not be underestimated. The RB15 seems to be a well-born car and the Honda engine gave those answers that had led Milton Keynes technicians to be optimistic. The machine designed by the brilliant mind of Adrian Newey seems to be particularly “gentle” on Pirelli tires and this aspect was already highlighted in the second part of 2018, when above all Max Verstappen it was highlighted in the race. Therefore, the Anglo-Austrian car deserves consideration.

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THE CLASSIFICATION OF FP2

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07.34 Great race pace for Mercedes, Hamilton and Bottas, amazing even on the dry lap: one second faster than last year's free practice. Ferrari hides even if in the final Vettel proved to be efficient on the pass.

07.33 CLASSIFICATION OF TIMES FP2 GP AUSTRALIA.

1 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes 1: 22.600
2 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes +0.048
3 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing +0.800
4 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Racing +0.842
5 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari +0.873
6 Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN Alfa Romeo Racing +0.972
7 Nico HULKENBERG Renault +0.974
8 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault +1.044
9 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +1.154
10 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team +1.214
11 Daniil KVYAT Toro Rosso +1.333
12 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team +1.388
13 Lances STROLL Racing Point +1.411
14 Carlos SAINZ McLaren +1.533
15 Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Racing +1.693
16 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point +1.801
17 Alexander ALBON Toro Rosso + 2.075
18 Lando NORRIS McLaren +2.133
19 George RUSSELL Williams +3.853
20 Robert KUBICA Williams +4.055

07.31 Botta and response between Hamilton and Bottas: 1: 27.2 for the Mercedes driver, 1: 27.3 for the Ferrari man. La Rossa places the jab just at the end of FP2.

07.30 CHESS FLAG. The FP2 of the Australian GP ends, but just in the end Gasly stops and complains of a power loss.

07.29 LAMPO DI VETTEEEEEEEEEEEEEL! 1: 27.4, Ferrari finally gives a ring on the race pace at the end of the session.

07.28 Crazy 1: 27.3 of Hamilton, race pace by phenomenon.

07.27 WARNING! Charles Leclerc stopped at the track. The Ferrari driver turned and ended up in the meadow. Driving error of the Monegasque, which spins.

07.25 Last five minutes.

07.24 Leclerc complains about some problems when driving up, gearbox problems for Ferrari? The engineer advised the Monegasque to change parameters.

07.22 Vettel is constant on 1: 28.7 on the soft tire.

07.20 Leclerc passes in 1: 29.0 with hard tire, an interesting time for the Monegasque but Hamilton prints a super 1: 28.3. Amazing Mercedes on the race pace and on the dry lap in FP2, a very covered Ferrari.

07.17 Hamilton and Bottas pound on 1: 28.7 on soft tire, also Vettel is on the track with red tire but it's a second over. 1: 29.8 for Leclerc with hard rubber.

07.16 Max Verstappen on board, we enter the last quarter of an hour of FP2.

07.15 Max Verstappen climbs to third position at 0.800 from Hamilton. Vettel slips into fifth position behind the two Mercedes and the two Red Bulls.

07.14 There is an abundant second between Mercedes and Ferrari on the pass. Verstappen instead launches for the qualification simulation.

07.12 Bottas convinces and prints a super 1: 28.2 on the pass. The gap between Mercedes and Ferrari is important but almost certainly there is pre-tactic.

07.10 After an interesting start, Vettel is running on relatively high times: last steps on 1: 29.6.

07.08 Ferrari today literally abandoned work on the time-attack, in Maranello they didn't want to concentrate on the dry lap. It will go on like this until the end of FP2, Leclerc returns to the track with hard rubber.

07.06 Ferrari and Mercedes are almost identical: 1: 28.4 for Vettel and the Silver Arrows, Leclerc has returned to the pits.

07.04 Mercedes cars are back on track.

07.02 Pilots are in the middle of the race step simulation.

07.00 CLASSIFICATION OF TIMES AFTER AN HOUR. We enter the last thirty minutes of FP2

1 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes 1: 22.600
2 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes +0.048
3 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Racing +0.842
4 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari +0.873
5 Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN Alfa Romeo Racing +0.972
6 Nico HULKENBERG Renault +0.974
7 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault +1.044
8 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing +1.141
9 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +1.154
10 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team +1.214
11 Daniil KVYAT Toro Rosso +1.333
12 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team +1.388
13 Lances STROLL Racing Point +1.411
14 Carlos SAINZ McLaren +1.533
15 Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Racing +1.693
16 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point +1.801
17 Alexander ALBON Toro Rosso + 2.075
18 Lando NORRIS McLaren +2.133
19 George RUSSELL Williams +3.853
20 Robert KUBICA Williams +4.055

07.00 Another start simulation for the Reds, Vettel seems to be perfect in the fundamental while Leclerc suffers a bit.

06.58 Starting simulation for the two Ferraris returning to the track. Now we will see what Vettel and Leclerc will do.

06.56 Kimi Raikkonen is in the middle of his long run, Stroll has just launched. For the rest they are all standing in the pits.

06.54 Hamilton's time trial is appalling, even 1.3 seconds faster than in FP2 last season.

06.52 At the moment there is little activity on the track, only Raikkonen is shooting.

06.50 Vettel's lead from the first place is 0.873, the German is fourth. Charles Leclerc is a little subdued, ninth at 1.154. The two Ferraris seem to be doing a different job than the Mercedes.

06.46 Lewis Hamilton immediately rewrites the ranking! 1: 22.600, best time with 48 thousandths better than Bottas. The roar of the British, the Mercedes also flies with soft tires while the Ferrari continues to hide.

06.45 We are in the middle of free practice 2, this is the ranking when there are 45 minutes to go.

1 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes 1: 22.648
2 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +0.500
3 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Racing +0.794
4 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari +0.825
5 Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN Alfa Romeo Racing +0.924
6 Nico HULKENBERG Renault +0.926
7 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault +0.996
8 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing +1.093
9 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +1.106
10 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team +1.166
11 Daniil KVYAT Toro Rosso +1.285
12 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team +1.340
13 Lances STROLL Racing Point +1.363
14 Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Racing +1.645
15 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point +1.753
16 Alexander ALBON Toro Rosso + 2.027
17 Lando NORRIS McLaren +2.929
18 Carlos SAINZ McLaren +3.164
19 George RUSSELL Williams +3.805
20 Robert KUBICA Williams +4.007

06.44 Lewis Hamilton lifts his foot after the first intermediate, he will raise again.

06.43 Valtteri Bottas signs the best time, 1: 22.648 for the Finn. Hamilton's reply will soon arrive.

06.42 The two Mercedes with softer tires also return to the track.

06.40 Ferrari is adopting a different work program, the delay from Hamilton cannot be explained otherwise. The Reds test the fuel load but obviously everything is shrouded in mystery.

06.39 Hamilton for the moment silenced everyone with medium tire, Ferrari a little late.

06.38 Sebastian Vettel moves into fourth place at 0.325 from Hamilton, also German with soft tires. Raikkonen is immediately behind him by a tenth.

06.37 First round subdued for Charles Leclerc who perhaps mounted more fuel than expected: he is sixth at 0.606 from Hamilton who had used the average. Vettel is also on the track.

06.35 LECLERC RETURNS TO TRACK. Soft rubber for the Ferrari driver.

06.33 The ranking of the times after the first 30 minutes of FP2.

1 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes 1: 23.148
2 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes +0.291
3 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing +0.593
4 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team +0.666
5 Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Racing +1.145
6 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team +1.261
7 Daniil KVYAT Toro Rosso +1.431
8 Pierre GASLY Red Bull Racing +1.587
9 Alexander ALBON Toro Rosso +1.805
10 Nico HULKENBERG Renault +1.923
11 Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN Alfa Romeo Racing +1.999
12 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault +2.072
13 Lance STROLL Racing Point +2.192
14 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point +2.194
15 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +2.347
16 Lando NORRIS McLaren +2.429
17 Carlos SAINZ McLaren +2.664
18 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari +2.756
19 George RUSSELL Williams +4.570
20 Robert KUBICA Williams +5.231

06.31 At the moment, only Verstappen and Ricciardo are running.

06.29 The two Ferraris remain in the pits at this juncture.

06.28 Those who have problems are Dani RIcciardo who struggles with Renault.

06.27 Max Verstappen answers! The Red Bull driver mounts medium tires and is third at 0.598 from Hamilton despite a few small smears.

06.26 Lewis Hamilton still lowers the time! 1: 23.148, always on medium rubber. The World Champion is unleashed, we are on the FP1 levels when he had placed the paw on the soft ones.

06.24 The Ferraris are at the rear for the moment: Leclerc 13th at 2.289, Vettel 16th at 2.698. However, the Reds have turned with hard tires and now they are standing in the pits, soon the replica should arrive.

06.22 Further improvement of the Mercedes. Hamilton places 1: 23.206, 233 thousandths better than Bottas: they are first and second. Ferrari always in the pits.

06.20 Even Charles Leclerc returns to the pits, he has ridden on hard tires. For the moment Ferrari has simulated the race pace, now it will be necessary to enter time attack mode to respond to Mercedes.

06.20 BEST TIME OF LEWIS HAMILTON! The British press a super 1: 23.583, 297 thousandths better than Valtteri Bottas who is third. Immediately roar of the Silver Arrows that run on medium tires.

06.18 Sebastian Vettel returns to the pits. In the meantime the Mercedes enter the track.

06.16 Max Verstappen's best time with average tire: 1: 24.324 for Dutch, 85 thousandths better than Magnussen.

06.14 Long by Sebastian Vettel in turn 1, he returns to the track without any particular problems.

06.13 Kimi Raikkonen ends up on the lawn.

06.12 The timing of Kevin Magnussen arrives with the Haas, flies to the command with a time of 1: 24.409.

06.11 Ferrari's German stops at 0.920 from Gasly, seven tenths better than team-mate Leclerc.

06.10 SEBASTIAN VETTEL ON THE TRACK. Rubber lasts for him too.

06.09 Gasly takes the lead in 1: 25.401, 0.228 advantage over Perez.

06.08 On the track also Pierre Gasly, we will see how the second guide of the Toro Rosso will behave.

06.07 Second time for Leclerc that closes in 1: 26.655, it went wide in a curve.

06.05 The Ferrari driver from Monaco mounted hard rubber.

06.04 CHARLES LECLERC ON THE TRACK.

06.03 Grosjean ends the first session with a time of 1: 25.634.

06.03 All the big names remain in the pits, be careful because a slight wind has risen that could disturb the riders.

06.01 Grosjean is the first to take to the track.

06.00 GREEN TRAFFIC LIGHT. Free practice 2 of the Australian GP begins.

05.57 We remember the three rubber compounds that will be available to riders for this weekend.

05.55 There is great attention for the host Dani Ricciardo, at his first outing with Renault. He struggled in free practice 1, we will see how he will respond in the session that will begin in five minutes.

05.53 This is the first weekend since 1997 without Charlie Whiting, the race director who died suddenly yesterday.

05.51 We remember the ranking after the FP1.

05.49 Max Verstappen also excelled in FP1, but some difficulties for Valtteri Bottas: we will see how the Dutch driver from Red Bull and the Finn from Mercedes in the session that is about to begin will behave.

05.47 The sun is shining at the Albert Park in Melbourne, let's remember that they are ten hours ahead of Italy.

05.45 Fifteen minutes to the start of FP2.

05.43 The season is therefore shared with the World Champion in front of everyone immediately followed by the Red Army: will the script that we will see throughout the year?

05.41 Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in free practice 1 hunted by the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.

05.39 The drivers will have 90 minutes to find the right set-up and to improve the feeling with the car on the track in the land of kangaroos.

05.37 Race to Melbourne's Albert Park, traffic light to see at 06.00.

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03.30: The free practice 1 of the 2019 Australian GP ends here, the first round of the F1 World Championship. Lewis Hamilton in front of everyone with the time of 1’23 ″ 599 to precede by 0 ″ 038 the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and 0 ″ 074 the other Red by Charles Leclerc. The Red Bull of Max Verstappen follows at 0 ″ 193 and the other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas at 0 ″ 267. The first five enclosed in two tenths, reflecting the great balance on the track. A very interesting PL2 shift is expected, starting at 06.00 am Italian time. Appointment to later.

Pos. N. Pilot Team posting Time Giri
1 44 L. Hamilton (B) Mercedes 1'23 "599 22
2 5 S. Vettel (B) Ferrari +00 "038 1'23 "637 14
3 16 C. Leclerc (B) Ferrari +00 "074 1'23 "673 15
4 33 M. Verstappen (B) Red Bull +00 "193 1'23 "792 17
5 77 V. Bottas (B) Mercedes +00 "267 1'23 "866 27
6 7 K. Raikkonen (M) Alfa Romeo +01 "217 1'24 "816 14
7 26 D. Kvyat (M) Red Bull +01 "233 1'24 "832 29
8 10 P. Gasly (B) Red Bull +01 "333 1'24 "932 19
9 20 K. Magnussen (B) Haas +01 "335 1'24 "934 21
10 27 N. Hulkenberg (B) Renault +01 "416 1'25 "015 10
11 99 A. Giovinazzi (M) Alfa Romeo +01 "567 1'25 "166 19
12 8 R. Grosjean (B) Haas +01 "625 1'25 "224 14
13 23 A. Albon (M) Red Bull +01 "631 1'25 "230 21
14 55 C. Sainz (B) McLaren +01 "686 1'25 "285 15
15 18 L. Stroll (M) Racing Point +01 "689 1'25 "288 22
16 11 S. Perez (M) Racing Point +01 "899 1'25 "498 17
17 3 D. Ricciardo (B) Renault +02 "035 1'25 "634 14
18 4 L. Norris (B) McLaren +02 "367 1'25 "966 27
19 88 R. Kubica (B) Williams +04 "374 1'27 "973 21
20 63 G. Russell (B) Williams +05 "141 1'28 "740 21

03:30: CHESS FLAG !!!

03.28: 1’29 ″ 826 for Raikkonen with the Alfa Romeo Racing (red band tires). Race step simulation for him.

03.26: Last 5 minutes of the first free practice session. The track is crowded: in the pits we find only Albon

03.26: Verstappen on the track in the meantime with red band tires.

03.24: 1’26 ″ 996 for Ricciardo who, with red band tires, does not improve his 17th time (+2 ″ 035)

03.22: Vettel returns to the track to carry out his tests with gasoline in the tank

3:20. When 10 ′ are left at the end of the PL1, the teams begin tests on the race pace.

03.18: 1’24 ″ 816 for Raikkonen who improves his feedback, reaching 1 ″ 217 from the summit while our Giovinazzo always with Alfa Romeo Racing (+1 ″ 567) is 11th. Both drivers with red tires.

03.17: Bottas error that goes long in the penultimate corner, risking to damage his W10. The Finn is good at it.

03.14: Sixth time for Raikkonen with the Alfa Romeo Racing which is definitely improving (red band tires) reaching 1 ″ 232 from the top. Back on the track Bottas with Mercedes (red band tires)

03:11: GREEN FLAG !!! It starts again with the Renault of Hulkenberg that, once the electrical problems on his car have been solved, starts to turn when there are 19 ′ left at the end of the PL1

03.10: At 20 'from the end, therefore, a very short classification with five machines enclosed in two tenths. Hamilton (1’23 ″ 599) is ahead of everyone, tightly marked by the two Ferraris of Vettel and Leclerc with 38 and 74 thousandths of delay.

03.09: The Thai driver managed to restart with his Toro Rosso and is returning to the pits.

03:08: RED FLAG!!! Alex Albon lost the front wing of his Toro Rosso, going to beat at the exit of turn 2

03.06: VETTEL !! 38 thousandths the detachment of the Ferrari driver. Really very balanced situation: the first five drivers enclosed in two tenths with the same tires.

Pos. N. Pilot Team posting Time Giri
1 44 L. Hamilton (B) Mercedes 1'23 "599 17
2 5 S. Vettel (B) Ferrari +00 "038 1'23 "637 11
3 16 C. Leclerc (B) Ferrari +00 "074 1'23 "673 11
4 33 M. Verstappen (B) Red Bull +00 "193 1'23 "792 16
5 77 V. Bottas (B) Mercedes +00 "267 1'23 "866 19
6 10 P. Gasly (B) Red Bull +01 "333 1'24 "932 15
7 20 K. Magnussen (B) Haas +01 "335 1'24 "934 17
8 99 A. Giovinazzi (M) Alfa Romeo +01 "567 1'25 "166 16
9 26 D. Kvyat (M) Red Bull +01 "588 1'25 "187 19
10 8 R. Grosjean (B) Haas +01 "625 1'25 "224 13
11 23 A. Albon (M) Red Bull +01 "631 1'25 "230 21
12 55 C. Sainz (B) McLaren +01 "686 1'25 "285 14
13 18 L. Stroll (M) Racing Point +01 "689 1'25 "288 18
14 11 S. Perez (M) Racing Point +01 "899 1'25 "498 13
15 3 D. Ricciardo (B) Renault +02 "035 1'25 "634 11
16 4 L. Norris (B) McLaren +02 "367 1'25 "966 20
17 7 K. Raikkonen (M) Alfa Romeo +03 "220 1'26 "819 9
18 88 R. Kubica (B) Williams +04 "807 1'28 "406 14
19 63 G. Russell (B) Williams +05 "988 1'29 "587 12
20 27 N. Hulkenberg (B) Renault 1

03.05: The response of Leclerc arrives that stops at 74 thousandths from Hamilton (second position) with red band tires, the same as the Mercedes

03.02: 1’23 ″ 792 and the same delay for Verstappen (Red Bull). Excellent signals for the Dutch. On the track Leclerc with red band tires.

03.00: 1’23 ″ 599, the bell sounds Lewis Hamilton that leads to the top of the ranking (red tires): 0 ″ ​​267 the advantage over Bottas. We expect Ferrari's response when 30 minutes are left to the end of the tests.

02.57: GIOVINAZZI !!! The Alfa Romeo Racing of the Italian rider is improved, improving to 1 ″ 300 (fourth place with red band tires). In fact, Bottas is improving, reinforcing its leadership, obtaining the excellent time of 1’23 ″ 866 with red band tires. On the track also Hamilton with the same set.

02.56: 1'25 ″ 966 for Norris who improves with McLaren, taking the eighth position to 1 ″ 287 from the top with red band tires.

02.54: Red band tires for Norris and Giovinazzi

02.53: Kvyat, Magnussen and Norris take to the track, immediately followed by Grosjean, Albon and Giovinazzi

02.51: A quick recap of the situation:

02.49: Do not turn at this time for the reasons already mentioned: dirty track and a lot of wind in Melbourne

02.47: An electrical problem occurred on the Renault of Hulkenberg and the German should take to the track in 10/15 minutes. Missing 43 'at the end of the PL1

02.43: Taking a brief recap, the Mercedes in front of everyone with Bottas (1'24 ″ 679 with medium tires) and with Hamilton +0 ″ 059 with medium tires. The Silver Arrows are the only ones to have used yellow band compounds. In third position, with the red band covers, is the Red Bull by Max Verstappen (+0 ″ 086). Seventh and ninth position for the Ferraris of Leclerc and Vettel, with 1 ″ 260 and 1 ″ 388 of delay (red band tires for both). Redhead in difficulty? Still early to say, as it depends on the gasoline load and also on the team schedule.

Pos. N. Pilot Team posting Time Giri
1 77 V. Bottas (M) Mercedes 1'24 "679 11
2 44 L. Hamilton (M) Mercedes +00 "059 1'24 "738 11
3 33 M. Verstappen (B) Red Bull +00 "086 1'24 "765 10
4 26 D. Kvyat (B) Red Bull +00 "508 1'25 "187 10
5 10 P. Gasly (B) Red Bull +00 "684 1'25 "363 10
6 18 L. Stroll (M) Racing Point +01 "003 1'25 "682 11
7 16 C. Leclerc (B) Ferrari +01 "260 1'25 "939 8
8 20 K. Magnussen (M) Haas +01 "296 1'25 "975 10
9 5 S. Vettel (B) Ferrari +01 "388 1'26 "067 8
10 23 A. Albon (B) Red Bull +01 "417 1'26 "096 12
11 8 R. Grosjean (M) Haas +01 "705 1'26 "384 5
12 3 D. Ricciardo (B) Renault +01 "841 1'26 "520 6
13 99 A. Giovinazzi (M) Alfa Romeo +02 "105 1'26 "784 9
14 7 K. Raikkonen (M) Alfa Romeo +02 "140 1'26 "819 9
15 55 C. Sainz (D) McLaren +02 "192 1'26 "871 11
16 11 S. Perez (M) Racing Point +02 "273 1'26 "952 9
17 4 L. Norris (D) McLaren +02 "354 1'27 "033 13
18 88 R. Kubica (B) Williams +03 "727 1'28 "406 11
19 63 G. Russell (B) Williams +04 "908 1'29 "587 12
20 27 N. Hulkenberg (B) Renault 1

02.41: Great fourth time of Toro Ross with Kvyat at 0 ″ 508 while seventh and ninth position for Leclerc and Vettel who, according to the information coming from the circuit, have tested the conditions in brief.

02.39: The only driver who has not yet scored a chronometric performance is Nico Hulkenberg: the German Renault has a problem immediately after the installation-lap, so now the mechanics are giving them their attention

02.37: Hamilton improves to 59 thousandths from Bottas with yellow band tires. The two Mercedes dominate and are the only ones to have achieved the time trial with the averages. A demonstration of strength already now?

02.36: 86 thousandths of gap for Verstappen in this lap and second position for Red Bull with soft tires (red band).

02.34: Verstappen is placed in third place at 0 ″ 294 from the vertex occupied by Bottas with red band tires.

Pos. N. Pilot Team posting Time Giri
1 77 V. Bottas (M) Mercedes 1'24 "679 10
2 44 L. Hamilton (M) Mercedes +00 "177 1'24 "856 8
3 33 M. Verstappen (B) Red Bull +00 "294 1'24 "973 6
4 26 D. Kvyat (B) Red Bull +01 "108 1'25 "787 7
5 16 C. Leclerc (B) Ferrari +01 "260 1'25 "939 7
6 5 S. Vettel (B) Ferrari +01 "388 1'26 "067 7
7 18 L. Stroll (M) Racing Point +01 "731 1'26 "410 8
8 10 P. Gasly (B) Red Bull +01 "745 1'26 "424 7
9 20 K. Magnussen (M) Haas +01 "754 1'26 "433 8
10 7 K. Raikkonen (M) Alfa Romeo +02 "140 1'26 "819 7
11 23 A. Albon (B) Red Bull +02 "361 1'27 "040 9
12 55 C. Sainz (D) McLaren +02 "784 1'27 "463 10
13 4 L. Norris (D) McLaren +02 "900 1'27 "579 10
14 11 S. Perez (M) Racing Point +03 "664 1'28 "343 6
15 88 R. Kubica (D) Williams +04 "164 1'28 "843 9
16 63 G. Russell (B) Williams +04 "908 1'29 "587 11

02.31: Track still very dirty while Hamilton improves his results and moves to second position at 0 ″ 177 from the response of his teammate Bottas (yellow band tires). Improves Leclerc who moves into fifth position at 1 ″ 260 from the top with red band tires, immediately ahead of Vettel (+1 ″ 388).

02.30: 1’26 ″ 067 for Vettel that goes to 1 ″ 388 (red band tires) from Bottas who lost some time in the last sector due to some traffic.

02.29: 1’26 ″ 464 for Leclerc which improves its response with Ferrari (red band tires), reaching 1 ″ 785 from Bottas which is improving its times with medium tires.

02.27: 1'27 ″ 388 for Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari with red band tires (fourth place). On the track also Leclerc (red band tires). 1’28 ″ 497 for the Monegasque (eighth).

02.26: 1'24 ″ 679 for Bottas (yellow bandia tires) which definitely improves his time with 1 ″ 026 ahead of Hamilton (yellow band tires).

02.25: Vettel on the track with red band tires with Ferrari

02.24: Kubica gets the time of 1’30 ″ 334 with Williams (soft tires)

Pos. N. Pilot Team posting Time Giri
1 77 V. Bottas (M) Mercedes 1'26 "454 5
2 55 C. Sainz (D) McLaren +02 "615 1'29 "069 5
3 88 R. Kubica (D) Williams +03 "880 1'30 "334 4
4 23 A. Albon (B) Red Bull +04 "482 1'30 "936 4
5 4 L. Norris (D) McLaren +07 "297 1'33 "751 5
6 63 G. Russell (B) Williams +10 "352 1'36 "806 4

02.23: 1’29 ″ 069 for Sainz's McLaren who encounters some traffic with his car (hard tires), remaining away from the Mercedes days. Kubica also made his first timed lap with Williams.

02.21: 1’26 ″ 454 for Bottas (medium tires) with Mercedes. Sainz on the track with McLaren (hard white band tires)

02.19: Bottas will therefore get the first timed lap.

02.17: Bottas breaks the silence with the Mercedes: starting test for the Finn and on the track with the yellow stripe tires (medium tires).

02.15: 1 hour and 15 minutes at the end of the round and still no rounds. The pilots are out of the passenger compartment waiting before completing their program, given the dirty track conditions.

02.12: Installation-lap for Russell's Williams, in great difficulty during the winter due to the serious delay with which it presented itself to the tests

02.10: Do not turn at this time, when there are 1 hour and 20 minutes to go. The teams are waiting as the asphalt conditions are not ideal. It remains to be seen who will take on the task of "cleaning" the track for others.

02.09: Installation-lap also for the Australian Ricciardo who returns to the pits.

02.07: Dirty track at Albert Park and great times won't be easy. Ricciardo goes on the track with Renault (soft, red band tires)

02.05: Another novelty of this 2019 is Pierre Gasly, with Red Bull Honda. The French driver on the track to complete the installation lap

02.04: Even Leclerc on the track to complete his installation-lap (red band tires)

02.03: Vettel and Hamilton also on the track for their installation lap

02.02: Russel miscalculates the steering measures coming out of the pits with Williams and the mechanics are forced to help him maneuver. On track his teammate Rober Kubica, back at the wheel of an F1 car after 9 years.

02.01: The first to take to the track with Alfa Romeo Racing the Finnish Kimi Raikkonen (yellow band tires)

02:00: GREEN LIGHT!!!! IT BEGINS

01.57: 20 ° C in the air and 32 ° C on the asphalt for these PL1:

01.55: "It will be a quiet session and we will work to find the right set-up for the car, as we will meet the dirty track", commented on Antonio Giovinazzi's Sky Sport microphones, one of the attractions of this 2019 World Championship that will compete this year with Alfa Romeo Racing

01.53: Obviously it will be a decidedly special weekend given the sudden disappearance of Race Director Charlie Whiting who left us at the age of 66 due to a pulmonary embolism.

01.52: McLaren's box is prepared for the start of these PL1s and in the Woking team there is the desire to do well with Sainz and Norris

01.51: There is a lot of desire for F1 and many new features: Daniel Ricciardo, with Renault, does not see the time

01.48: There is the sun in Melbourne and ideal weather for shooting today.

01.45: At 02.00 Italians the free practice 1 of this GP will take place at the Albert Park in Melbourne and it will be important for the teams as they will define the assets

01.43: The machine designed by the brilliant mind of Adrian Newey seems to be particularly “gentle” on Pirelli tires and this aspect was already highlighted in the second part of 2018, when above all Max Verstappen was highlighted in the race. Therefore, the Anglo-Austrian car deserves consideration.

01.40: Red Bull should not be underestimated. The RB15 seems to be a well-born car and the Honda engine gave those answers that had led Milton Keynes technicians to be optimistic.

01.37: But Brackley's team will certainly not be watching. The W10 is a car that is well cared for from an aerodynamic point of view and the technical champions of the world have other surprises in store to make it even more competitive. It will therefore be interesting to take note of the times.

01.35: The big challenge between Ferrari and Mercedes kicks off. A championship that should once again experience the confrontation between the Maranello team and the Silver Arrows. Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc are ready to launch the gauntlet, demonstrating the qualities of the SF90, which appeared to be super competitive during the tests held in Barcelona.

01.33: Great expectation in Melbourne for the beginning of the first round of the year and a new confrontation between Ferrari and Mercedes is expected.

01.30: Welcome to LIVE LIVE of the free practice 1 of the GP of Australia 2019, first round of the Formula One World Championship

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