…and a very early morning for those of you in the UK and Europe. Welcome to our live coverage from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix!
The start of the 2019 F1 season proper is around an hour away. As ever it felt like a long winter but the wait will soon be over for the drivers, teams and fans. We will finally find out who holds the upper hand and who has been given a bum deal. Of course, we have a fairly decent idea after final practice, but there is always the suspicion that the top teams will be keeping their cards close to their chests.
Despite the pre-season testing form hinting (well, a little more than hinting…) that Ferrari would be the team to beat, it has been Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes who have been fastest in every single free practice session so far in Melbourne. After the first two people may have thought that Ferrari were not showing their true pace but after final practice it appears that it could be very close.