Hamilton enjoys Friday clean sweep!

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It's advantage Mercedes at the end of day one in Melbourne, with Lewis Hamilton completing a clean sweep by staying on top in FP2.

Hamilton clocked in with a 1'23.620 on ultra-soft tyres, a time well inside the pole position he achieved last year.

The three-time world champion was the only driver to end the day under the 1'23 mark, but Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel edged out Valtteri Bottas , with Raikkonen and the Red Bull pair following suit.

Verstappen had an off-track excursion, flying through the gravel trap through Turn 12 after running wide but the real drama came from Jolyon Palmer who lost control of his Renault at Turn 16 on just his fourth lap.

The incident brought out the first red flag of the session. Sauber's Marcus Ericsson spun off towards the end of the session while Haas' Romain Grosjean visited the run-off area twice, with apparently his chronic brake problems the source of the mishap.

Both Toro Rosso's of Carlos Sainz and Dany Kvyat made it into to the top ten which.


01Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:23.62034
02Sebastian VettelFerrari1:24.16735
03Valtteri BottasMercedes1:24.17634
04Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:24.52530
05Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:24.65027
06Max VerstappenRed Bull1:25.0138
07Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:25.08434
08Romain GrosjeanHaas1:25.43629
09Nico HulkenbergRenault1:25.47836
10Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:25.49339
11Sergio PerezForce India1:25.59135
12Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:26.00019
13Esteban OconForce India1:26.14537
14Felipe MassaWilliams1:26.3316
15Marcus EricssonSauber1:26.49829
16Lance StrollWilliams1:26.52527
17Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1:26.60833
18Pascal WehrleinSauber1:26.91930
19Kevin MagnussenHaas1:27.2798
20Jolyon PalmerRenault1:27.5494

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