Lewis Hamilton heads the first free with tiempazo

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Despite the expectations created in pre-season, to first free practice session of the season 2017 at the Albert Park circuit has had the same two cars in the first two positions, the team Mercedes. The three-time Lewis Hamilton set the tone with a fast 1:24.220, staying less than four-tenths of his pole of 2016 (1:23.837), and at least seven of the all-time record of the track (1:23.529, marked in 2011 by Sebastian Vettel).

The british scored his best time with the tires ultrablandas, that appeared with more frequency than usual in this first session. His time was quite faster than his team-mate Valtteri Bottas, but the finn managed to retain the second position with a 1:24.803. After the germans, ended up in austria: Daniel Ricciardo finished at just 83 thousandths ahead of Bottas, exhibiting a certain robustness with your Red Bull, and Max Verstappen was four tenths off his teammate despite some problems at the meshing gears.

The Ferrari ended up just behind, in fifth and sixth place. Sebastian Vettel began the session with a problem in the activator of the DRS, and its best time did not improve the Kimi Räikkönen. Your advantage with the rest, even with all, was substantial: Felipe Massa led the train of pursuers with a 1:26.142, followed closely by Romain Grosjean, Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Perez, in a session that took place under a sunny sky and without any mishap on the track.

McLaren haven’t managed to get rid of the problems in this first batch of free. Stoffel Vandoorne spent the first half of the session in the pits due to a problem on the gearbox, and although the belgian managed to roll the rest of the session with no apparent problems, its best time was the worst of the grill, below even a Jolyon Palmer that suffered problems in the joints of the transmission. For his part, Fernando Alonso shot with a little more ease and, despite not riding in the final minutes, ended in 14th place with a 1:27.116 after 18 laps.

time Table Free 1 Grand Prix of Australia

Pos. Piloto Dorsal Equipo Tiempo Gap Laps
1 Gran Bretaña Lewis Hamilton 44 Mercedes 01′ 24″220 0 22
2 Finlandia Valtteri Bottas 77 Mercedes 01′ 24″803 +0.583 25
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 3 Red Bull 01′ 24″886 +0.666 19
4 Países Bajos Max Verstappen 33 Red Bull 01′ 25″246 +1.026 19
5 Finlandia Kimi Raikkonen 7 Ferrari 01′ 25″372 +1.152 16
6 Alemania Sebastian Vettel 5 Ferrari 01′ 25″464 +1.244 10
7 Brasil Felipe Massa 19 Williams 01′ 26″142 +1.922 28
8 Francia Romain Grosjean 8 Haas F1 Team 01′ 26″168 +1.948 20
9 Alemania Nico Hulkenberg 27 Renault 01′ 26″183 +1.963 15
10 México Sergio Perez 11 Force India 01′ 26″276 +2.056 28
11 España Carlos Sainz 55 Toro Rosso 01′ 26″450 +2.230 24
12 Rusia Daniil Kvyat 26 Toro Rosso 01′ 26″514 +2.294 25
13 Canadá Lance Stroll 18 Williams 01′ 26″734 +2.514 29
14 España Fernando Alonso 14 McLaren 01′ 27″116 +2.896 17
15 Suecia Marcus Ericsson 9 Sauber 01′ 27″348 +3.128 30
16 Francia Esteban Ocon 31 Force India 01′ 27″656 +3.436 22
17 Dinamarca Kevin Magnussen 20 Haas F1 Team 01′ 27″667 +3.447 19
18 Alemania Pascal Wehrlein 94 Sauber 01′ 28″539 +4.319 21
19 Gran Bretaña Jolyon Palmer 30 Renault 01′ 28″585 +4.365 6
20 Bélgica Stoffel Vandoorne 2 McLaren 01′ 28″695 +4.475 13