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Summary

  1. First practice under way – listen to 5 Live Sports Extra commentary
  2. F1 race director Charlie Whiting died on Thursday
  3. Get involved #bbcf1
  4. Second practice 04:55

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By Niamh Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. James Keep: Best weekend of the year, the start of the F1 season! Go Lewis!

    Kayleigh: Ughhh I’ve missed the sound of the cars. Omg I forgot about drivers stopping in the wrong pits!

    It’s my favourite thing really, so I’m very glad there’s quite a few chances for this to happen.

    Roxy: Snuggled in bed with the cats listening to the 3 J’s broadcast from somewhere far away… must be the start of the F1 season.

    Ged Ashton: Looking forwards to 9 months of racing, seeing a load of battles to seeing which team have improved. Gutted to hear the death of Charlie Whiting yesterday #RIPCharlie

  2. Post update

  3. Charlie Whiting 1952-2019

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Melbourne

    A dark pall has been cast over the start of the 2019 Formula 1 season
    following the death of FIA Formula 1 director Charlie Whiting.

    The 66-year-old,
    who suffered a pulmonary embolism and died on Thursday morning, was universally
    respected within the sport as a fair and honest dealer in a complex and
    sometimes confrontational environment, and the loss his passing will mean to
    the sport was clear in the universally complimentary tributes that were paid by
    the great and good of F1.

    No one will forget Whiting or what he did for F1, but
    as he knew only too well, life goes on. He was a racer to the core, and he
    would not want his death to impinge on the Australian Grand Prix, and everyone
    involved will know it.

    Charlie Whiting

    Copyright: Getty Images

  4. Daniel Ricciardo has a new lid

    Daniel Ricciardo

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    Daniel Ricciardo

    Copyright: Getty Images

  5. R.Molloy: Don’t worry #bbcf1 Some of us are still awake to listen to practice. It’ll be good to get the season underway – although bittersweet with Charlie Whiting’s passing.

    Let’s just hope Williams have improved from pre-season!

    Matt Wilkinson: The new F1 season is back with the sleepless nights and praying for Sunday afternoon rain in Blighty so the wife wants to stay in and I can watch the European GP’s. Come on Lewis. #bbcf1

    Thomas Haynes: Looking forward to #bbcf1 keeping me company during my late night essay writing hell.

    What are you studying Thomas? And when’s your deadline?

  6. Our track conditions

    Melbourne

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  7. Lion unleashed

    First practice 01:00 GMT

  8. We’re on for FP1

    You can hear our commentary team at the top of the page, and on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  9. The Hulk clocks in

    First practice 01:00 GMT

  10. Charlie Whiting 1952-2019

    Of course we can’t go much further without talking about Mr F1, Charlie Whiting, who died yesterday of a pulmonary embolism.

    He was the head of F1 at the FIA, and hugely influential to the sport and to the drivers who have been paying tribute to him today.

    Charlie Whiting at testing in Barcelona in February

    Copyright: Getty Images

  11. Hamilton feeling the heat?

    First practice 01:00 GMT

  12. Get Involved

    As usual tweet us with the hashtag for those who love us (or F1) enough to stay awake/ get up early.

    It’s early doors (or late perhaps?), but what are you most excited about this weekend?

    Seeing who’s quickest? Which team are looking the most promising? Who’s the wildcard going to be?

    Tweet us with #bbcf1

  13. BBC coverage

    FP1 01:00 GMT

    The circus is in Melbourne of course. As are our commentary team of Jack Nicholls, Jolyon Palmer, and Jennie Gow, alongside our chief F1 writer Andrew Benson.

    Radio commentary will be on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at 00:55 GMT for the first practice session.

  14. Good evening everybody

    Or is it morning? Either way, I’ll be none the wiser by the end of our practice sessions today. For now, all I can tell you is that with this entry it’s officially the start of the first race weekend of the year!

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