2019 2019 Australian Grand Prix Live

17 March, 2019 - 06:24

Leclerc has now closed to within 2.5s of Vettel as he continues to chip away at the German. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:23
17 March, 2019 - 06:22

Bottas is now 25 seconds clear of Hamilton out front. A truly emphatic display from the Finn. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:21

Leclerc continues to reel Vettel in as we head towards the final 10 laps of the race. Can the Monegasque catch his more experienced teammate in the closing stages? 

17 March, 2019 - 06:20

"We are probably in for 10 laps of fun at the end," Red Bull tells Verstappen. He has reduced the gap to Hamilton down to 1.3s and looks to be pushing on again in the fight over second spot...

17 March, 2019 - 06:18

"Why are we so slow?" asks Vettel. That's a question on everybody's lips as Ferrari is mysteriously struggling for pace today. Neither driver is on the podium as things stand with Vettel a distant fourth, ahead of Leclerc, who is beginning to catch his teammate...

17 March, 2019 - 06:16

Hamilton looks to have stabalised the gap to Verstappen, which currently stands at 1.5s. Is Verstappen just biding his time? Or does Hamilton have things under control. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:14

Gasly is stuck behind the Toro Rosso of Kvyat, who is doing a sterling job so far of holding off the Red Bull driver. Bit awkward this, for Red Bull...

17 March, 2019 - 06:13
17 March, 2019 - 06:11

Bottas now leads the race by TWENTY SECONDS from Mercedes teammate Hamilton. He has been in control throughout and utterly dominated so far. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:10

Gasly finally stops on Lap 38 as he returns to the track in 11th, behind Stroll and Kvyat. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:10

Kvyat dives down the inside of Stroll at Turn 3 but he runs too deep and goes wide through the gravel! A costly error from the Russian who loses time to Stroll. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:08

Gasy is still running sixth and is the only driver yet to stop in this race.

17 March, 2019 - 06:05
17 March, 2019 - 06:05

Hamilton turns in a couple of quick laps to negate Verstappen's charge, extending his gap over the Red Bull driver to 1.4s. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:04
17 March, 2019 - 06:03

Grosjean reports he had front suspension damage as he pulled over at Turn 3 to retire. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:02

Hamilton is now 18s behind Bottas who looks well on his way to make the perfect start to 2019, while Verstappen is now setting about the chase on Hamilton. He's just over a second behind. 

17 March, 2019 - 06:01

Ricciardo and Grosjean both retire within a lap of each other.

17 March, 2019 - 06:00

Verstappen passes Vettel with a great move around the outside of Vettel at Turn 3! The Red Bull driver moves up to third and just two seconds behind Hamilton.