But is the party mode real, or is it all an illusion?
No-one could touch Lewis Hamilton as the Briton cruised to pole.
Can Sebastian Vettel snatch poll later this afternoon?
Daniel Ricciardo has copped a three-place grid penalty for speeding under red flags.
Mercedes topped both practice sessions, but not by as much as some feared during the preseason.
Romain Grosjean is quietly confident Haas is onto a good thing in 2018.
Lewis Hamilton opened the 2018 season by topping both Friday practice sessions in Melbourne.
A Ferrari and Mercedes title fight could enliven Formula One after three seasons of Hamilton dominance.
The first race of 2017 was a tense affair, but did it demonstrate a successful change of the rules?
Sergio Marchionne has hailed his team’s return to the top step in Melbourne as a long time coming.