Hamilton in first training in Australia sips faster than Ferraris and Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time during the first free practice session of 2019 in Australia. The reigning world champion was just a bit faster in Melbourne than the two Ferraris and Max Verstappen in the Red Bull.


Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time during the first free practice session of 2019 in Australia. The reigning world champion was just a bit faster in Melbourne than the two Ferraris and Max Verstappen in the Red Bull.

Although there were no laps at qualifying speed in the first training session, all the top favorites did a number of fast laps on the soft tires. Hamilton was the fastest. The Briton went around in his Mercedes in 1.23.599.

For a long time, both the Mercedes and the Red Bull of Verstappen clocked fast times. The Ferraris did not show themselves at the top of the times list during the first hour. With half an hour left, Charles Leclerc (.1.23.673) and Sebastian Vettel (1.23.637) set their fastest time of training, both within a tenth of Hamilton.

Verstappen came close behind with a 1.23.792, less than two tenths of the fastest Mercedes. Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas was barely a tenth slower than Verstappen.

Shortly after the topper had set their fast times, Alexander Albon caused a red flag. The Thai debutant lost control of his Toro Rosso in the first corner combination and spun the tire stacks. Albon was able to drive back to the pits himself, so his Toro Rosso-Honda was not badly damaged.

The second free practice in Melbourne starts at 6 a.m. Dutch time. On Saturday the third training session starts at 4 a.m. and the qualification starts at 7 a.m. The Grand Prix of Australia starts on Sunday at 6.10 a.m.

REF: https://www.nu.nl/formule-1/5791422/hamilton-in-eerste-training-australie-nipt-sneller-dan-ferraris-en-verstappen.html

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