So for those who have the luxury of having a lie in on the weekend, whilst you were Zzz’ing in dreamland, the 2017 F1 season kicked off down under in Australia.
With the threat of rain towards the end of qualifying most teams made a dash for it to put in their best laps. Despite local hero Daniel Ricciardo crashing out of the top-ten shootout he will still start tenth at his home race.
But it was all eyes on Ferrari in the paddock and fans alike, having promised much in preseason, the question remained could they deliver.
Indeed in FP3 Vettel had set the fastest ever lap round the Albert Park circuit, so where the Scuderia the real deal? It seemed so, in the end there was very little between the Ferrari driver and Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, Hamilton’s eventual time was 0.2s up on Vettel, but the German managed to jump ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the other Mercedes by 0.03s, while Kimi Raikkonen rounded off the second row for Ferrari. Making it Ferrari’s first front row since 2015.
The two front runners were way ahead of the rest, with Max Verstappen finishing fifth for Red Bull and Q3 star Romain Grosjean putting in a brilliant qualifying for the Haas F1 Team.
In the conference after Vettel stated ‘We are working well as a team. I wasn’t entirely happy with my final lap and tomorrow I hope we can do something”
As always come lights out a good start will be imperative, we hope with new rule changes and new cars it will be a good race down under and not a dreaded procession