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  1. Final practice under way – on 5 Live Sports Extra
  2. Qualifying at 06:00 GMT
  3. Get involved #bbcf1

Live Reporting

By Niamh Lewis

All times stated are UK

  1. Rookie errors

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Melbourne

    Alex Albon

    Copyright: Getty Images

    Alexander Albon had a difficult start to his Formula 1 career on Friday,
    with a light crash and two off-track moments.

    He blamed the crash at Turn Two
    on “a little bit of inexperience – and the tyres were a little bit too hot”. An
    off-track moment in second practice was caused by his steering wheel getting
    stuck on the head rest.

    Considering it was my first time here, I was quite
    happy with how it went. But that did mean going into FP2 a bit more steady and
    just building up the rhythm.” Toro Rosso actually looked good – and look like
    they could be contending at the front of the midfield group, which comprises
    likely leaders Haas, Renault and Alfa Romeo.

    The form of Racing Point and
    McLaren suggests they may be towards the back of that group, but it’s so close
    it’s hard to tell at this stage. The only clear thing for now is that Williams
    are nowhere.

  2. Radio message

    George Russell: “Sliding all over the place.”

  3. Get Involved

    Tweet us with the #bbcf1 hashtag

    Since it’s qualifying day, who’s your fantasy top four?

    Who would you like to see lining up on the first two rows of the grid tomorrow morning?

    It’s #bbcf1 on Twitter for your thoughts.

  4. Post update

  5. Preparing for final practice…

    Our session will be getting underway in a few minutes time.

    Alfa Romeo

    Copyright: Alfa Romeo Twitter

  6. Our track conditions today are…

    Final practice starts 03:00 GMT

    Track details

    Copyright: F1 Twitter

  7. Norris and Russell make their debuts this weekend as F1 drivers

    “It’s going to be odd. One day you’re watching them on TV thinking ‘I want to be there’. It’s quite odd how quickly it can happen.”

    Video content

    Video caption: Meet F1’s new Brits George Russell and Lando Norris
  8. BBC coverage

    Final practice starts from 03:00 GMT

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Our commentary team of Jack Nicholls, Jennie Gow and Jolyon Palmer will be back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra in five minutes and you can listen at the top of the page.

  9. Post update

  10. The cars are sleeping

    Take a look inside the McLaren garage…

    Sadly, this year the general F1 public without a Sky subscription are going to need a lot more of these videos to see what’s happening at the circuit.

  11. What was going on on Friday at Albert Park?

    Final practice starts from 03:00 GMT

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Melbourne

    Ferrari, who clearly had the
    fastest car in pre-season testing, were off the pace in the second session.

    Were they hiding their pace? Had Mercedes been doing the same in testing? Did
    Ferrari have a problem? The answer is that, yes, Ferrari were hiding their pace
    – the engine was turned right down, to the extent that Sebastian Vettel was
    barely any quicker than Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo on one lap, or Nico
    Hulkenberg’s Renault on a long run.

    But he also said he had been struggling
    with balance and Charles Leclerc the same with getting his tyres in the window.
    Meanwhile, the Mercedes looked fantastic out on track, and is clearly very
    quick. It’s all poised very nicely indeed for qualifying.

    Ferrari management

    Copyright: Getty Images

  12. It’s Saturday

    The day we’ve been waiting for since pre-season testing in Barcelona last month – to see where these 20 drivers will put their mark in the sand with their new cars in qualifying.

    In both of yesterday’s free practice sessions, Mercedes were the quickest; but we still don’t have a good indication of where the teams are at in terms of pace – except Williams, who have been far slower than any other team so far this year.

    We’ve got one final practice session before it all unfolds.


    Copyright: Getty Images

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