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Australian GP 2016 (Practice 1): Hamilton fastest

GP Australia 2016 (Training 1)
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D he weather change at night Friday was announced for a long time. And all hope for sun on the first day of training in Melbourne was in vain in the end. Rain, cool temperatures and a stiff breeze made life difficult for the pilots and fans in Albert Park.

With slicks on a semi-humid track

On the first training laps of the year, all cars were initially equipped with intermediate tires. Only gradually did the racing line dry up and allow the use of treadless slicks. Short drizzle in between, however, always caused hairy situations.

Max Verstappen put the first spin of the day on the asphalt in the Toro Rosso. Valtteri Bottas and Rio Haryanto were pounding through the gravel only a short time later. The same fate befell Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo. In contrast to Bottas and Haryanto, however, the local hero couldn't get out of the sandpit.

Kimi Raikkonen also did not make it through the first 90 minutes without incident. The iceman had to go into the emergency exit at turn 13 after his Ferrari did not want to slow down as expected on a semi-wet track. Fortunately, the rides went off lightly. No car was sustainably damaged.

Hamilton drives fastest lap

The timesheet is against the background of changing conditions to be consumed with caution, of course. Lewis Hamilton ended up at the top of the ranking. However, his time of 1: 29.725 minutes was not yet a revelation. With Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo, the two Red Bulls moved up to the other places.

Nico H├╝lkenberg in Force India once again showed his qualities in mixed conditions in fourth place. Nico Rosberg landed in 6th position behind Max Verstappen. Pascal Wehrlein landed in 16th position in his first appearance at a Grand Prix weekend. Sebastian Vettel completely did without a timed lap.


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