The 2014 Formula One season has officially begun after the first two free practice sessions took place on the Friday prior to the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Things got a little more serious as the green light signalled the beginning of the season, with some teams focusing on reinforcing their superiority and others merely hoping that the gremlins they encountered in pre-season had vanished.
Mercedes, the favourites for this season’s crown, ended the day on top—but only after Lewis Hamilton had proved that the pace-setting team remain vulnerable to unreliability. Caterham, meanwhile, proved to be the kings of unreliability after a disastrous day, while Red Bull—who sat somewhere between promising pace and dreadful reliability over the course of pre-season—have shown well-timed signs of getting back on track.
In the paddock, Lotus’ restructuring for 2014 has continued with the appointment of a new deputy team principal, while there has been talk of a surprise test coming up.
Here’s our special Australian Grand Prix roundup.