The 2018 Formula One season got under way at the Melbourne circuit in Australia on Sunday following pre-season testing in Spain. Testing in Barcelona showed a great deal of improvement by most teams compared to the preceding season. The new season sees the debut of halo-festooned cars as part of the cockpit protection system for drivers. In addition, drivers are wearing biometric gloves which contain sensors that in the event of a mishap allows sensors to relay vital information about the driver’s condition over a Bluetooth link to FIA medical crews. Also, a new safety car in the form of the Mercedes-AMG GTR with 430kW and 700Nm has been commissioned. The start of the season was met with much anticipation with free testing on Friday favouring the top three teams — Mercedes-AMG, Ferrari and Red Bull Racing — which was replicated during qualification. On race day, reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton managed to place his Mercedes on pole ahead of Sebastian Vettel’s and Kimi Raikkone...

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