F1: Final Practice at Melbourne Saw Ferraris (NYSE:RACE) Fastest
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettell topped the time sheet, setting a new track record with a lap of 1.23:38 to beat his own best mark at the circuit set in Y 2011.
A wet P3 (final practice) saw a Ferrari 1-2, with Seb Vettel fastest leading Kimi Raikkonen, 2.5 secs back.
Just 3 drivers, the 2 Ferraris and the Alfa Sauber of Marcus Ericsson, set a time on dry-weather tires.
What looked like a confirmation of the fastest pace of the MBZAMG Silver Arrows in the morning session was rebutted in the afternoon session, as the margin between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen was just 0.127 secs.
On 1st impressions it looks like Red Bull might be challenging Ferrari more frequently this year.
For this race Aussie Daniel Ricciardo will take a 3 place grid penalty as a consequence of not slowing down sufficiently under Red Flag conditions.
Elsewhere in the field
Haas’s Romain Grosjean put in a strong Friday to finish 6th, suggesting that the Haas might be as strong as they hope they will be.
McLaren’s partnership with Renault looks better than their run with Honda, but it looks like leading the midfield is the best they can hope for in Y 2018.
Alfa Sauber look to be struggling with their new Y 2018 car.
In other news
There will be an additional DRS zone for the Australian Grand Prix at this weekend, which runs down the “straight” from turn 12 to the tight turn 13.
With a potentially damp Albert Park track for qualifying expect the unexpected, some driver do better than other in the wet.
F1 2018 team-by-team guide, click here.
Note: All times Eastern Daylight Time
Qualifying – Saturday, 24 March, 2:00a – ESPN2
Race – Sunday, 25 March, 1:00a – ESPN2
Enjoy the racing.