Australian GP: Mercedes takes the lead at first practice sessions

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton sent an early signal that he could again be the driver to beat in Formula 1 this season, setting the swiftest time in the Friday's practice sessions at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

After earlier playing down his team's chances against Ferrari and Red Bull, Hamilton set …

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Vettel eager for close F1 fights to aid Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel says tight performance gaps between Ferrari and its Formula 1 front-running rivals Mercedes and Red Bull would be a positive for him to maximise any opportunities at the 2018 opener in Australia.

The four-time F1 world champion ended Friday practice fifth on the timesheet, over half a second …

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