Lewis Hamilton led the way, but only by fractions of a second.
But is the party mode real, or is it all an illusion?
No-one could touch Lewis Hamilton as the Briton cruised to pole.
Mercedes topped both practice sessions, but not by as much as some feared during the preseason.
Lewis Hamilton opened the 2018 season by topping both Friday practice sessions in Melbourne.
Ferrari and Red Bull Racing have their work cut out for them.
There’s still so much intrigue in the 2018 season just days out from the first race.
Mercedes has been quietly impressive during the 2018 preseason.
Has Mercedes got the title wrapped up already?
The 2017 was bursting with broken promise. Can 2018 finally deliver?