Australian Grand Prix 2019: Friday Pace Analysis - Fri 15 Mar 15:39 GMT

We crunch the numbers to see who has the pace to deliver in qualifying and the race this weekend in Australia...

Australian Grand Prix 2019: Friday Pace Analysis

  The SF90, in the hands of both Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, looked like a beast around the turns of Barcelona.

  But it was their rivals, and reigning world champions Mercedes who were, as Vettel put himself, “in a league of their own” as F1 2019 got underway in practice for the curtain-raising Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

  It all looked a bit tasty after FP1, with the top three – Lewis Hamilton, Vettel and Leclerc – separated by just 0.074s and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen only a tenth of a second behind.

  Well FP2 suggested not, with the Mercedes W10 stretching its legs for the first time this season to go a whopping 0.8s clear of the field.