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Australian GP: Who will take the first victory of 2018 F1?



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Lewis Hamilton equaled main title rival Sebastian Vettel and former champ Alain Prost when he won his fourth Championship in 2017. Hamilton and Vettel predictable to be the main competitors as the new Formula 1 season begins in Australia this weekend. Merc and Ferrari proved their consistent race pace during the winter testing. Here are BettingTop 10 courageous predictions for Formula One in 2018.

But Hamilton and Vettel claims better progress is their main target, not the fifth title. Hamilton “hoped” he had not reached his top and had been “working towards” finding a new level.

Vettel added: “I think about [my weaknesses] a lot; I try to get better at what I need to improve.”

Another vibrant contender, Max Verstappen meanwhile is believes rain will favor him at Melbourne; historically, the Red Bull is faster and reliable in wet conditions.

Australian Grand Prix Friday practice clearly shows that, Mercedes team will be claims first podium finish, but it appears that Red Bull and Ferrari close in the race simulation.

Comparatively today practice session much more positive for McLaren. Fernando Alonso hits an exhaust issue in FP1 but set eighth quickest in both sessions. Stoffel Vandoorne struggled for pace and he too made in the top ten in both sessions. The Renault powered British outfit still far away from the top podium reach.

Hamilton looked like he had never been away, set flying lap in both practice sessions without any stress and his team-mate Valtteri Bottas made second fastest in morning session and third fastest in evening session.

Red Bull shows the main rival role of Mercedes, especially the young sensation Max Verstappen, who splits Mercedes duo during the evening session. Local hero – the Red Bull speedy Daniel Ricciardo handed a three place grid penalty for red flag violation – the local supports didn’t see the best of him.

Ferrari elects to retain their powder dry in opening practice session and not tried qualifying simulations with ultrasoft tyre. The Italian outfit did run in fastest compound during the FP2, with Raikkonen took best lap-time and his team mate also made trouble free laps but lagging slightly behind Mercedes.

Excited, we started on the right foot – Hamilton

“It has been a good day. Coming here to the first race you never really know – you really have no idea what it is going to be like,” Hamilton said following the Friday practice.

“You don’t know how you are going to feel physically, how the tyres are going to react to the circuit. But we started on the right foot and got through everything that we needed to.

“It closed up a little bit in P2 in terms of the gap, but that is exciting anyways. It is more challenging for me to drive and eke out a little more from the car. We have to establish if I lost some performance or they all gained. But I enjoyed driving.”

Will the widely predicted Hamilton can make triumph at Melbourne? Red Bull fighter Verstappen or Ferrari speedy Vettel?

The drama starts on Sunday with all symptoms pointing towards a Hamilton triumph following a remarkable pace in practice – but the race may not be that easy.



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