Hamilton fastest on first free practice in Melbourne

Lewis Hamilton went fastest in first free practice of the new Formula one season with more than a half second advantage over his team mate Valtteri Bottas and seven tenths in front of Daniel Ricciardo in Red Bull.

Hamilton went fastest during his ultrasoft run with Mercedes being only team to use softest compound of Pirelli tyres while Valtteri Bottas made a mistake in final sector on his best lap but still finished second behind his team mate.

Red Bulls were third and fourth fastest with Ricciardo four tenths faster than Verstappen while Raikkonen and Vettel were fifth and sixth with more than a second behind Hamilton.

Williams was fastest of the midfield group with 1.9 second gap to Hamilton while Grosjean, Hulkenberg and Perez rounded up the top 10.

AUSTRALIAN GP FIRST FREE PRACTICE

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:24.220 22
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:24.803 0.583 25
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull TAG Heuer 1:24.886 0.666 19
4 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull TAG Heuer 1:25.246 1.026 19
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:25.372 1.152 16
6 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:25.464 1.244 10
7 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1:26.142 1.922 28
8 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:26.168 1.948 20
9 27 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:26.183 1.963 15
10 11 Sergio Pérez Force India Mercedes 1:26.276 2.056 29
11 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso Renault 1:26.450 2.230 24
12 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Renault 1:26.514 2.294 25
13 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:26.734 2.514 29
14 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:27.116 2.896 18
15 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:27.348 3.128 30
16 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:27.656 3.436 23
17 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:27.667 3.447 20
18 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:28.539 4.319 22
19 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:28.585 4.365 6
20 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:28.695 4.475 14

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