Hamilton is again the driver to beat in Sunday’s season opener. AFP / WILLIAM WEST
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Lewis Hamilton was hailed as being "in a league of his own" Friday as he burned off his rivals in the year's opening practice sessions at the Australian Grand Prix.Britain's Hamilton followed up his field-leading fastest lap of 1 minute, 24.220 secs in the morning run with a blistering 1:23.620 in the late afternoon.Ferrari were expected to press Hamilton and the Mercedes team after superior times in preseason testing, but on the evidence of the opening two sessions Hamilton is again the driver to beat in Sunday's season opener.Hamilton's time was more than three seconds faster than his best lap in last year's corresponding free practice in Melbourne.The Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were over a second behind Hamilton and half-a-second off Vettel's Ferrari.
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