Just like in the first two races of the season, Ferrari kicked off the Australian Grand Prix weekend strongly by topping the first practice times with both cars. Carlos Sainz proved fastest as Perez was the closest challenger to the Scarlet cars.
As drivers discored the modified track at Albert Park, the two top teams from the season start were immediately on the pace. Behind them, Lando Norris had a great session for McLaren, ending up 5th while home hero Daniel Ricciardo ended up 8th.
Alpine also had a solid outing to start off the weekend. Ocon eased to 6th as Alonso was 9th, seemingly without too much effort.
The only drivers not to have their team mates in the top 10 this morning were Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
The teams that had more trouble this session were notably Haas and Aston Martin. Haas looked off with Magnussen and Schumacher down in 18th and 20th. Magnussen had been nauseous overnight but was fit enough to drive while for Schumacher there seemed to be no excuse, other than the car not working as it did in Bahrain and Saubi Arabia.
The returning Sebastian Vettel had a nightmare first session after missing the first races due to a COVID-19 infection. On his 18th lap, the Mercedes engine in his car gave up, leaving him stranded before stepping out to display his fire fighting skills. The failure would prove to be so catastrophic that the German also missed out the entire FP2.
|3||11||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing Rbpt||1:20.399||+0.593s||20|
|4||1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Rbpt||1:20.626||+0.820s||22|
|5||4||Lando Norris||Mclaren Mercedes||1:20.878||+1.072s||22|
|6||31||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault||1:21.004||+1.198s||27|
|8||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Mclaren Mercedes||1:21.155||+1.349s||23|
|9||14||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault||1:21.229||+1.423s||21|
|10||77||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:21.247||+1.441s||23|
|11||22||Yuki Tsunoda||Alphatauri Rbpt||1:21.289||+1.483s||26|
|13||5||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes||1:21.661||+1.855s||18|
|14||10||Pierre Gasly||Alphatauri Rbpt||1:21.701||+1.895s||26|
|15||24||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:21.821||+2.015s||21|
|16||18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes||1:21.869||+2.063s||24|
|17||23||Alexander Albon||Williams Mercedes||1:22.754||+2.948s||25|
|18||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari||1:23.186||+3.380s||18|
|19||6||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Mercedes||1:23.924||+4.118s||25|
|20||47||Mick Schumacher||Haas Ferrari||1:24.349||+4.543s||15|