2019 2019 Australian Grand Prix Live

17 March, 2019 - 06:49

That marks a wrap on our live coverage from the 2019 Australian Grand Prix and what a start to the new season it has been for Mercedes and Bottas! 

We will be back in two weeks' time with coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix, but until then keep it with Crash.net for all the latest news and analysis. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:48
17 March, 2019 - 06:47
17 March, 2019 - 06:47

Bottas labels the win his "best race ever" as he now holds an eight point lead over teammate Hamilton in the championship given his extra fastest lap point. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:45

Norris ends up 12th for McLaren, ahead of Perez, Albon, Giovinazzi and the Williams pair, with Russell two laps down in 16th and Kubica three laps down in 17th as the remaining runners following retirements for Grosjean, Ricciardo and Sainz. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:43

Magnussen takes a strong sixth for Haas, ahead of Renault's Hulkenberg, Raikkonen's Alfa Romeo, Stroll's Racing Point and Kvyat, who fends off Red Bull driver Gasly in his Toro Rosso to claim the final point in 10th. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:42

"Yes! How about that," says Bottas. His new race engineer tells the Finn that was "payback for last year". 

17 March, 2019 - 06:41

Verstappen ends the race a second behind Hamilton to complete the rostrum, while Vettel leads home Ferrari teammate Leclerc in fourth, nearly a minute off Bottas! That will be a concern for Ferrari.

17 March, 2019 - 06:40

Hamilton crosses the line in second, a massive 20s behind Bottas as he takes runner-up spot in Melbourne for the fourth consecutive year. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:39

Bottas crosses the line to claim an emphatic victory to win the Australian Grand Prix!

17 March, 2019 - 06:38

Bottas starts his final lap!

17 March, 2019 - 06:38

On the penultimate lap, Bottas sets a new fastest lap with a 1m25.580s! He's on course for that extra point again. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:36

"I need that bonus point, Bono," says Hamilton, who is also going for that fastest lap point. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:35

Verstappen is closing in on Hamilton again, he's 1.1s behind the Mercedes driver. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:35

We have a let squabble for fastest lap of the race as Verstappen pumps in a late effort to try and snatch a late extra point. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:32

Wonder if Leclerc might make a late pit stop to go for fastest lap given he has been told to end the fight with Vettel? He's 35s clear of Magnussen so has nothing to lose. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:30

Ferrari appear to have called that fight off as Leclerc suddenly backs off from Vettel... Team orders already at play at the first race of the season. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:27

Leclerc is now within DRS range of Vettel as we head into the final eight laps.

17 March, 2019 - 06:26

Verstappen has just locked up and ran wide into Turn 1 and that might just be the end of the fight over second as he drops a few seconds back from Hamilton. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:24