No Formula 2 in Australia which meant the warm-up race was entrusted with the Supercars at Albert Park.
Max Verstappen was left bitterly frustrated after being pipped to pole position by title rival Charles Leclerc for the second time in three races in 2022.
“I didn’t really feel good in the car the whole weekend so far,” he declared yesterday.
“I think there’s not been one lap where I actually felt confident, a bit of a struggle. Of course second is still a good result, but just not feeling that great to go to the limit. We’ll try to analyze it.”
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Let’s hear from the championship leader
“I’m feeling good, it’s going to be a very tricky race as always – but we’ve had the pace now we just need to finish the job,” says Charles Leclerc on the grid.
“I think the pace is there, with Max and Checo it’s going to be very close but they’ve got two cars against one because Carlos was unlucky yesterday. Hopefully he can come back soon and have a good race from there.”
The drivers’ parade is underway at Albert Park
A selection of delightful classic Cobras for Lewis Hamilton and Co to hop aboard in the sunshine.
Pristine conditions for racing today with zero per cent chance of rain in Melbourne for the next few hours and the wind set to drop below 10mph, with the air temperature a crisp 26°C.
How to watch
TV channel: The race will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and F1, with coverage on the latter beginning at 4.30am.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can tune in via the Sky Go app.
Highlights: Channel 4 will be airing full free-to-air race highlights at 3.05pm.