Overall, it was a good day, better for Carlos than for Max, as the Dutchman was robbed of track time in FP2 because of an issue with the battery, which ended up being a malfunctioning sensor. In fact their tally for the day was 73 laps for the Spaniard as against just 37 for his team-mate. However, they both did an excellent job, if only because the two cars ended the day in one piece, which in itself is an achievement in Albert Park. As a semi-permanent facility, the track sees no use during the year and is therefore very slippery on the first day. Carlos actually had a little spin in the second session, but it didn’t involve making contact with anything solid.
Given the fact the technical regulations are pretty similar to the 2014 set and that it seems like last season has hardly ended that we are already off again, it’s not really surprising therefore that World Champions Mercedes topped the time sheet, with Nico Rosberg ahead of World Champion driver Lewis Hamilton. However, as seen in winter testing, Ferrari has gone through something of a resurgence and they were next up, with new-signing Sebastian Vettel third, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. Valtteri Bottas was fifth at the end of the day for Williams, with the top six completed by our driver from last year, Daniil Kvyat, making his race weekend debut with Infiniti Red Bull Racing.
As usual the organisers here put on a fantastic show for the large crowd who turned up for the all-day action, with a really packed race card, even on a Friday. It’s a great venue to start the season and tomorrow, the excitement moves up a notch as Carlos and Max will tackle their very first F1 qualifying, after getting one more hour of free practice to work on the STR-10.