Hamilton improved the mark slightly to 1:23.931 in the second session. AFP / Paul Crock
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After lapping Albert Park in 1 minute, 24.026 seconds to dominate the first practice of the new season, Hamilton improved the mark slightly to 1:23.931 in the second session on a balmy autumn day.Red Bull's Dutch wunderkind Verstappen was snapping at his heels, however, finishing only 0.127 seconds adrift of the Briton after the second session.Raising hopes of a contest for Mercedes, who have swept the driver and constructors' titles for the past four years, there was less than three-tenths of a second separating the champions from the Red Bull and Ferrari cars.The second session was suspended for a few minutes after some cabling became unearthed at the start-finish line.
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