Australian Grand Prix 2018 Live: What time is Sunday’s Race, What TV channel is it on and what odds on a Lewis Hamilton win? Looking to watch the Formula 1 Stream? Here is our guide to Streaming all the action Online.
WELCOME to our live coverage of all the action at the 2018 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton will start the race from pole position after an astonishing, record-breaking lap put him almost seven tenths of a second clear of nearest challenger Kimi Raikkonen.
The schedule for Sunday (all times AEDT):
4:10pm — The 2018 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix
Formula 1 2018 TV coverage guide:
Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne
Lewis Hamilton begins the defence of his Formula 1 crown in Melbourne. He became the most successful British F1 driver in history following his 4th title in 2017, and is odds on to win it again this year.
Mercedes has been rampant in the competition ever since the introduction of the V6 turbo engines in 2014, despite stiff challenge from Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel.
Hamilton started the practise circuits well on Friday, beating out Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (tipped to be his closest challenger this year) by 0.127 seconds in the second round.
Find out where to watch the Australian Grand Prix live on TV below.
Qualifying: Saturday 24th March:
Live coverage is on Sky Sports Main Event from 5am (qualifying begins at 6am). Highlights on Channel 4 from 1pm.
Race Day: Sunday 25th March:
Live coverage is on Sky Sports F1 from 4.30am (race starts at 6.10am). Highlights on Channel 4 from 2.30pm.
Where else can I follow the Australian Grand Prix?
Radio 5 Live has qualifying coverage from 5.55am on Saturday. Coverage of the main event is on Radio 5 Live from 5.30am on Sunday.
LIVE stream every 2018 FIA Formula 1® Championship race AD BREAK-FREE on FOX SPORTS. Get your free 2-week Foxtel Now trial & start watching in minutes. SIGN UP NOW >
THE GRID: Where every car will start the Australian Grand Prix
RICCIARDO: ‘That was like Mercedes giving the finger to everyone’
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Bottas’ qualifying crash compounded by penalty
Daniel Ricciardo will start from eighth on the grid after wearing a three-place grid penalty for a practice infraction, while Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas will start 15th after a gearbox change penalty due to damage from his qualifying crash.
Also down the order are perennial fan favourites Williams, sophomore teen Lance Stroll their best in 13th while Sergey Sirotkin will start off the back row in 19th.
The latter makes his F1 debut after beating recovering former star Robert Kubica to the drive, the Pole instead serving as the team’s test and reserve driver.
Jacques Villeneuve, 1997 F1 champ turned TV pundit, has an … interesting analysis on how that situation could play out.
“It’s difficult to assess the situation at Williams. At least at the tests, the car looked difficult to drive,” he told Sky Italia.
“The only one who was able to use its potential was Kubica.
“Robert is the driver who will most develop the car, and it’s possible he will consciously make it difficult to drive for the other drivers.
“His dream is to race the car, not to be the third driver, and so I do not underestimate this point. In his situation I would do exactly the same.”
The race gets underway at 4:10pm AEDT.
Tune in to FOX SPORTS 506 from 12:40pm AEDT, head to FOX SPORTS’ Formula 1 Race Centre for live timing, on-board cameras and team radio, or follow all the action with our live blog below.
Australian Grand Prix 2018 qualifying as it happened
7.30am: That’s all from us. Seven poles for Hamilton breaks Ayrton Senna’s record for qualifying in Australia.
He’ll start from the front tomorrow – bright and early at 6.10am for that one. See you there!
7.20am: Great results for Haas there. Thanks to Daniel Ricciardo’s three-place grid penalty, Magnussen will start fifth with Grosjean sixth. Alonso into the top 10 probably too with Bottas changing a gearbox.
1st Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2nd Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), 3rd Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), 4th Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 5th Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), 6th Kevin Magnussen (Haas), 7th Romain Grosjean (Haas), 8th Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), 9th Carlos Sainz (Renault), 10th Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes).
7.15am: Lewis is REALLY pumped after that.
“I’m so happy with that lap. It was such a nice lap. I’m always striving for perfection so that was as close as I could get.”
Kimi Raikkonen has a bit of a cold as far as I can tell. His voice is in pieces – and he’s rarely a man of many words anyway. Vettel is a little more effusive.
“Last lap I had a little bit of a moment into 13. It was really close and exciting but it was a shame that Lewis had quite a big gap. We’re looking forward to tomorrow.”
LEWIS HAMILTON TAKES POLE POSITION!
Boy, did he turn it up there?! Vettel is only quick enough for third as Raikkonen goes second – but is a whole six tenths off Hamilton. That was sensational.
7.08am: Here we go then. Vettel will be the last man over the line.
7.05am: Oh my goodness it is close. After the first runs, Hamilton, Vettel and Verstappen are separated by SIX HUNDREDTHS of a second. Wowzer. The Brit has provisional pole at the moment with Vettel second.
7am: Right we’re going again then. Hamilton is one of the first out. Looks like Haas and Renault might just do one run.
6.57am: The clock is stopped of course while they clear the track. Just under 10 minutes to go so getting two runs in could be a bit tight.
6.50am: RED FLAG! Valtteri Bottas has crashed on the exit of Turn Two and smashed the rear of his car into the barriers! That’s disastrous for the Finn who is walking away unhurt.
6.48am: Here we go then. Hamilton could break another Ayrton Senna record today with his seventh pole position in Australia.
6.45am: Brendon Hartley is pretty gutted not to have made it out of Q1. Toro Rosso-Honda probably all feel that way. The midfield could be so tight this year and they need to hit the ground running – as they did last season.
Q3 coming up – and it looks like Hamilton vs Vettel again!
6.41am: Oh I’m sorry McLaren I spoke to soon. Fernando says “that’s okay” on the radio when told he has P11. The Force Indias weren’t in Q3 last year either. They usually come on stronger later in the year remember.
Perhaps the most exciting news from Q2 is that Sebastian Vettel has gone into the 1:21s and is fastest – not Hamilton.
Eliminated: 11th Fernando Alonso (McLaren), 12th Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren), 13th Sergio Perez (Force India), 14th Lance Stroll (Williams), 15th Esteban Ocon (Force India).
6.35am: Force india still struggling a bit. Ocon didn’t set a time in his first run and doesn’t look like he’s got it hooked up at the moment. Hamilton fastest at the moment with the two Ferraris in second and third.
Good news for McLaren at the moment. Looks like they might make it into Q3!
6.30am: Ooh this is interesting. Max Verstappen is out on the super-softs, which is not the softest tyre available. Remember, your fastest Q2 tyre is the one you start the race on – so are Red Bull planning a different strategy? I think they might be.
6.25am: Think I’ve worked out where it all went wrong for Gasly – the Frenchman locked up at Turn 2 and had to go through the gravel. Not great for the man I tipped to be rookie of the year. Real kiss of death that is. Sorry Pierre. My fault.
6.18am: Esteban Ocon SQUEEZES into Q2 – I don’t think Force India would have expected to be down there. Sauber are indeed out but actually, given how bad the car appears to be handling, not being last looks like a decent result. Two rookies on the back row.
6.15am: Two minutes to go and Sergey Sirtokin is, as predicted, being dragged into the relegation dog-fight. Ericsson has found some pace to move up to 15th with Pierre Gasly struggling. Everyone is out for the final lap at the back of the grid…
6.08am: 10 minutes to go and the two Saubers are indeed last. Both Toro Rossos are at risk at the moment too, as well as Lance Stroll in the Williams.
6am: Here we go then. In one hour’s time, we will have our first pole-sitter of the season. 2018 is live – and it’s started to cloud over and cool down a bit. No rain though – yet…
5.55am: Who’s going to go out in Q1? Well, I think we can guess that Sauber will not be challenging for the top 15 and Williams seem to be struggling with reliability so Stroll and Sirotkin have had limited running. Not good for the famous British team.
5.45am: Weather update. We did have rain during practice earlier but, to the relief of the top teams who might fear Red Bull in the wet, the track started drying out even during FP3.
And now, we have temperatures of around 23 degrees Celsius and no rain. That might mean Hamilton is pretty much a lock for pole if you ask me.
5.30am: “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.” Shakespeare of course forgot the sisters – but the sentiment remains the same. If you’ve got up for this race, we are bound in blood.
Well, maybe not blood. Petrol. I don’t know. It’s early. Stick the kettle on, put your feet up and wait half an hour for qualifying to kick off.
The Formula One season is back and in a bid to land a fifth world championship Lewis Hamilton started the season in style by landing pole position for the Australian Grand Prix.
The reigning world champion had the edge on his rivals during Saturday’s session, with Kimi Raikkonen qualifying second and Sebastian Vettel third in Melbourne.
Relive all the action from Albert Park as it happened with Sportsmail’s Matthew Smith.
FORMER world champ Nico Rosberg has given a damning forecast of Aussie star Dan Ricciardo’s race chances after his grid penalty.
Ricciardo was penalised for going too fast under a red flag during a flying practice lap on Friday, and was considerably upset.
“They could have fined me … anything but robbing me a chance of a front row start,” Ricciardo said.
FOLLOW QUALIFYING LIVE HERE
The penalty, which means the Aussie can’t start from anywhere better than fourth, has cost him any chance of winning according to Rosberg, the 2016 world champ.
“His chances of winning are gone,” Rosberg told Sky’s UK coverage.
But Damon Hill, the 1996 world champ, said rules are rules and if anything, Ricciardo got off lightly.
How to watch Australian Grand Prix online
This is the best way to watch the Australian Grand Prix online – from absolutely anywhere in the world – without any commercial breaks:
1. Download and install a VPN
If you don’t have easy access (and you don’t live in the UK) to watch the Australian Grand Prix online in your country, the best way to watch it for free is to download and install a VPN. We’ve tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It’s compatible with all of your devices, supports most streaming services and ranks amongst the fastest. You can even install it on devices like an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation. So for a one-stop shop, you can’t go wrong with Express – but there are more fantastic VPN options out there as well: