Lewis Hamilton on track at the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton led the way, but only by fractions of a second.

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.

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.

Lewis Hamilton in the pits at the Australian Grand Prix.

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

Sebastian Vettel answers questions during preseason testing.

Ferrari and Red Bull Racing have their work cut out for them.

Lewis Hamilton sits in his W09 during preseason testing.

There’s still so much intrigue in the 2018 season just days out from the first race.

Lewis Hamilton on track during preseason testing.

Mercedes has been quietly impressive during the 2018 preseason.

Valtteri Bottas testing in Barcelona

Has Mercedes got the title wrapped up already?

Lewis Hamilton on track at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The 2017 was bursting with broken promise. Can 2018 finally deliver?