Jolyon Palmer has joked it was nice not to have to hand over a car before a second free practice session for the first time as he completed his first day of being a fully-fledged F1 race driver in Australia.

The British rookie made frequent appearances on the timesheets for FP1 through his duties with Lotus, but his upgrade to race driver at Renault saw him take part in his first ever FP2 in Melbourne.

Still a new track for him having not tried the Lotus at Albert Park last year, Palmer's progress was hampered by the weather but he felt he was able to get a good feel for the car ahead of the all-important qualifying session.

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"It's great yeah, my day's not done after FP1, so that's the thing, and if this was last year I would be like this is rubbish," he joked. "No it's good, I can focus on Saturday, I've got a clear head, we didn't have any problems today which is positive.

"In fact I think there are a reasonable amount of positives because the car had no dramas, I learnt the track like I said and just come back tomorrow, it will be nice to drive on a Saturday and see where we go."

"The car felt exactly the same really as testing in wet and dry conditions, so that's good and there were no surprises really with the running we did today. It was driveable and the balance was very reasonable so it hasn't changed our minds on anything and we know we need to improve in the same direction."