Lewis Hamilton celebrates pole at the 2018 Australian Grand Prix.

But is the party mode real, or is it all an illusion?

Lewis Hamilton wins the pole award at the Australian Grand Prix.

No-one could touch Lewis Hamilton as the Briton cruised to pole.

Sebastian Vettel in his garage at the Australian Grand Prix.

Can Sebastian Vettel snatch poll later this afternoon?

Daniel Ricciardo in his garage at the Australian Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo has copped a three-place grid penalty for speeding under red flags.

Lewis Hamilton on track on Friday at the Australian Grand Prix.

Mercedes topped both practice sessions, but not by as much as some feared during the preseason.

Romain Grosjean on track during practice at the Australian Grand Prix.

Romain Grosjean is quietly confident Haas is onto a good thing in 2018.

Lewis Hamilton in the pits at the Australian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton opened the 2018 season by topping both Friday practice sessions in Melbourne.

Ferrari win promises titanic title duel with Mercedes

A Ferrari and Mercedes title fight could enliven Formula One after three seasons of Hamilton dominance.

Jury still out on 2017 regulations

The first race of 2017 was a tense affair, but did it demonstrate a successful change of the rules?

About time: Ferrari rejoices winning return

Sergio Marchionne has hailed his team’s return to the top step in Melbourne as a long time coming.