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Everyone has been looking forward to the return of Formula One, building up to the brilliant moment where the cars hit the track for the very first time and… it was wet. Rain stopped play quite significantly on Friday in Melbourne, although nothing stopped Lewis Hamilton from topping FP1 and FP2.
The first session has all 22 drivers out on track at one time or another, although the maximum laps by anyone was Jenson Button’s 16. Hamilton was fastest ahead of two Red Bulls and Nico Hülkenberg in the Force India, but it was a very limited session for all involved.
The second session was a similar story, although more drivers opted not to run in an effort to avoid damaging the cars, and Pascal Wehrlein completed the most laps, 25, for Manor. Hamilton was top again, ahead of Hülkenberg who put on a good showing all day. Nico Rosberg crashed into the barriers whilst trying out a new Mercedes front wing, and subsequently apologised to his team for the incident.
With limited testing and now a lack of running in practice too, teams really are on the back foot heading into a new qualifying format tomorrow.