Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the first session of the 2017 F1 season as Mercedes topped the timesheets in Practice One for the Australian GP. Hamilton outpaced new team-mate Valtteri Bottas by over half a second in what was, on the surface, a tough first official session for the Finn as a Mercedes driver.

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Lewis Hamilton has insisted Ferrari start the 2017 Formula 1 season as favourites. Hamilton’s Mercedes team have won three successive world championship doubles since 2014 but were consistently outpaced by the Scuderia in winter testing following the sport’s rules refresh.

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