LEWIS FASTEST IN 1ST PRACTICE SESSION IN MELBOURNE
During the Barcelona testing Mercedes seemed to be holding something back but today during Melbourne's first praise session we finally got to see the power of the W10
Lewis finished the first session of the year in P1 with Valtteri in P5 during the afternoon session, Lewis topped the time sheets again with Valtteri in P2.
Lewis Hamilton said: "It's really nice to get back out on track. The weather is fantastic, we've already got quite a big crowd. I have a positive buzz from driving the car today - this is what I love doing. The car feels like it's in a similar place to where it was in Barcelona, which is positive coming to a different track. We got through our programme really well, there were no issues on track. There's plenty of stuff that we can improve on, but this was not a bad start. What we have to do now is really study and analyse everything, as we always do on a Friday night. But the fact is we've got two cars that continue to go around, none of us made a mistake and we kept the cars in one piece - that counts for a lot."
Valtteri Bottas said "It's nice to be back in a race car, doing the thing we love to do - I had fun today. The car felt better than it did in testing. We didn't bring a lot of new parts to the car, but we were able to optimise the package that we have. It was a solid day for the first day back in the office, but the times are not important on a Friday. We haven't seen the full performance from any of the other teams. We have an idea of how much we can improve for qualifying, but we have no idea how much performance the other teams can still bring. It will be interesting to see what the first competitive session holds tomorrow."
Ferrari's Vettel and Leclerc were within a tenth of Hamilton in Practice One, despite only completing one flying lap each. The second session's saw Vettel drop further behing finishing eight tenths off Hamilton with Leclerc over a second off the leading pace in ninth. Are Ferrari holding back and playing mind games?