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We’re succor heading in the excellent direction. No one has knocked the Mercs off the pinnacle pickle but.

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The Mercedes are quickest in the 1:24s on the mediums, adopted by Verstappen on the softs, one tenth in the succor of.

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Andrew Benson

BBC Sport’s chief F1 author in Melbourne

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A year up to now, Toro Rosso’s Alexander
Albon became once beginning on the functionality reside of his profession – and now he is making
his enormous prix debut. The British-born Thai spoke referring to the alternate in his
fortunes on Thursday. “It became once… no longer uncommon, however critically the initiate of final
year, it became once, let’s remark a rocky direction to F1. First and significant up of 2018, it looked
like nothing became once going to happen, even to urge in F2, never thoughts to urge in F1.
So in eight months it went from ethical managing to urge in F2, first urge, 2d
urge, after which this opportunity here. It became once agreeable tall. A little bit shock. Simply
form of like: ‘We did it.’”

Even five months up to now, he had formulation to
the acceptance that F1 had handed him by, and had signed to urge in Device E
this season. “Even as you designate for FE, it became once fairly like, ‘ah, OK, I didn’t procure
the chance however I’m without a doubt happy to be in Device E, it is agreeable mighty the
subsequent largest component for a single-seater driver.’ And that’s when the name came.”

Albon, who completed third in F2 final
season, has raced in opposition to the likes of George Russell, Lando Norris, Charles
Leclerc and Esteban Ocon for a long way of his profession to this level and better than held his
non-public, so it must be no surprise that he has looked assured and quick in
pre-season testing.

“I non-public as ready as I’m in a position to even be,” he
said. “There are positively areas I’ve aloof obtained room to toughen however the times
we’ve carried out, I’m happy with how it’s gone. As you said, the occasions had been true. I
am happy with how it went however I enact know there is aloof time there and that’s
my focal level, sharpening it out fairly bit and getting no longer ethical the lap time however
getting the procedures and all the pieces fairly extra fluid.”

Charlie Whiting 1952-2019

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport’s chief F1 author in Melbourne

A dark pall has been solid over the initiate up of the 2019 Device 1 season
following the loss of life of FIA Device 1 director Charlie Whiting.

The Sixty six-year-venerable,
who suffered a pulmonary embolism and died on Thursday morning, became once universally
revered internal the game as a beautiful and genuine dealer in a complex and
now and again confrontational ambiance, and the loss his passing will imply to
the game became once resolute in the universally complimentary tributes that had been paid by
the favorable and true of F1.

No one will forget Whiting or what he did for F1, however
as he knew most attention-grabbing too successfully, lifestyles goes on. He became once a racer to the core, and he
would no longer prefer his loss of life to impinge on the Australian Wide Prix, and every person
concerned will are privy to it.

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Daniel Ricciardo has a brand novel lid

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