FRIDAY 24 MARCH, MELBOURNE, FREE PRACTICE
As a new F1 era dawns, McLaren get off to a brighter start than anyone could have hoped for. Alonso manages 37 laps and Vandoorne 47 over the two sessions, a total of 84 – and a vast improvement on pre-season tests dogged by unreliability. Alonso’s best time puts him 12th in the second session and he’s six tenths faster than his team-mate – but he’s still 2.3 seconds off Lewis Hamilton’s benchmark. You can’t have everything.