DIF­FER­ENT

Hamil­ton ‘in league of his own’ af­ter Aussie blitz

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MEL­BOURNE

LEWIS Hamil­ton was hailed as be­ing “in a league of his own” as he burned off his ri­vals in the year’s open­ing prac­tice ses­sions at the Aus­tralian Grand Prix yes­ter­day.

The triple world cham­pion bossed the field and held a half­sec­ond gap over Fer­rari’s Se­bas­tian Vet­tel and his new Mercedes AMG Petronasteam­mate Valt­teri Bot­tas in the af­ter­noon ses­sion.

Bri­tain’s Hamil­ton fol­lowed up his field-lead­ing fastest lap of 1 min 24.220 secs in the morn­ing run with a blis­ter­ing 1:23.620s in the late af­ter­noon.

It was around one-tenth of a sec­ond off Vet­tel’s cir­cuit record

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