Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in Friday’s opening practice for the Australian Grand Prix, while pre-race favorite Lewis Hamilton was one of several drivers to strike trouble as entire field struggled to master their all-new engines and radically redesigned cars ahead of the Formula 1 season opener.
Hamilton was unable to complete a single lap after his Mercedes engine automatically shut down due to an oil pressure alarm on his first tour of the Albert Park circuit. With repairs to the complex V6 turbo hybrid engines taking much longer than last year’s powertrains, Hamilton was unable to emerge in the next 90 minutes.Australian GP, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Formula 1, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas
Jenson Button has spoken at length for the first time about the impact of the death of his father John, who passed away at the age of 70 earlier this year.
Speaking to British newspaper journalists he made it clear that the Australian GP will be an emotional weekend.Formula 1, Jenson Button, Mercedes
Despite a rare reliability glitch with the new McLaren, Jenson Button was encouraged by the form of the car in Bahrain on Friday.
McLaren has been near the top of the mileage charts all winter, but on Friday, Button ran only 49 laps after the car required some gearbox work.Formula 1, Jenson Button, McLaren
For a second successive day, Sergio Perez topped the times for Force India in Bahrain.
On a day when a lot of teams managed to avoid serious reliability issues, five cars managed to complete over 100 laps, while others enjoyed their best days of the winter thus far. However, it was a less productive day for Lotus and McLaren, with both teams missing out on a lot of running.Bahrain, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso, Formula 1, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez