Fernando Alonso rounds the bend during first practice at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: LAT Photographic)
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in Friday’s opening practice for the Australian Grand Prix, while pre-race favorite Lewis Hamilton was one of several drivers to strike trouble as entire field struggled to master their all-new engines and radically redesigned cars ahead of the Formula 1 season opener.
Hamilton was unable to complete a single lap after his Mercedes engine automatically shut down due to an oil pressure alarm on his first tour of the Albert Park circuit. With repairs to the complex V6 turbo hybrid engines taking much longer than last year’s powertrains, Hamilton was unable to emerge in the next 90 minutes.
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