Alfa Romeo F1 team was more than two seconds faster in Australian GP qualifying than Sauber last year while Renault dissapointed with just half a second faster time than last year and Williams is the only team slower than in 2018.
Sauber started the 2018 F1 season with Ericsson and Leclerc at the bottom of the timing sheet, but developed strongly during the season into a regular Q3 contender, a trend which continued this year when Raikkonen in ninth position in Q3.
Raikkonen was 2.2 seconds faster than Ericsson’s best time from 2018 and Alfa Romeo was 6th fastest team in Melbourne after the 10th place last year. Second most improved team was Toro Rosso with 1.9s gaiu despite being 9th fastest in 2018 and 2019.
Racing Point advanced to Q3 with Perez in 2019, making almost 1.5 seconds gain compared to 2018, although they were 7th fastest in both years.
This year, McLaren was the fifth fastest in qualifying, one position better than in Melbourne 2018, but they have achieved fourth-highest gain with 1.388 s.
Haas had the fifth best time in 2018 (although Haas was fourth fastest in Q3, Renault had fourth fastest time of the weekend in Q2 with Sainz), this year they are 1.361 s faster compared to a very strong 2018 position.
Mercedes retained the advantage ahead of Ferrari in comparison with 2018, about seven-tenths of a second, and thus improved the track record which is now 1:20.486.
Red Bull was just over half a second faster than in 2018 and they have for about a tenth of a second bigger gap to Mercedes than last year. Renault disappointed because it improved for just half a second and dropped from 4th fastest time in 2018 to 8th fastest time in 2019.
Williams has been convincingly the slowest in all practice sessions and qualifying in 2019 as the only team that was slower than in 2018 when they were already pretty slow, 8th fastest.
BEST QUALIFYING TIMES AUSTRALIAN GP 2019 vs 2018
MOST TIME GAINED 2019 vs 2018