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Sebastian Vettel value to grab Melbourne pole position

Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari may not have shown their true pace yet in Australia
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Practice 3 Sky Sports F1, 3am Saturday
Qualifying Sky Sports F1, 6am Saturday

After just two official sessions there is already plenty of intrigue about the 2019 F1 season.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel accused Mercedes of lying about their struggles in pre-season after Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas ended practice two for the Australian Grand Prix eight-tenths of a second clear of the pack.

However, the proximity of the midfield teams to Ferrari in that session led some to believe that the red cars were holding something back.

The opening 90 minutes in Melbourne gave cause to hope for a close season, with Vettel 0.038 seconds slower than Hamilton and Ferrari new boy Charles Leclerc just 0.074 seconds off the pace in third. 

Max Verstappen's Red Bull was also within two tenths of the lead in an encouraging start to the Milton Keynes team's association with Honda.

Hamilton and Vettel have flip-flopped at the head of the qualifying and race markets after the first day of track action with the Mercedes man now favourite.

But while Hamilton looks the more likely pole-sitter on what we have seen so far there may not be much to choose between them on single-lap pace.

Last year, Ferrari tended to wait until third practice to show their hand, particularly in the early part of the season, so at 2-1 the German is worth a small bet to claim his first pole in Australia since 2013.

As expected, Williams are struggling, but they found some improvement in laptimes between the first and second sessions.

Formula Two champion George Russell outpaced the returning Robert Kubica in the afternoon and the young British driver looks a decent bet in a pick 'em match bet against the Pole. Kubica is participating in his first F1 race weekend for eight years after suffering life-changing injuries in a rally crash in 2011.

S Vettel fastest qualifier
1pt 2-1 bet365
G Russell to outqualify R Kubica
2pts 5-6 bet365

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The proximity of the midfield teams to Ferrari in that session led some to believe that the red cars were holding something back
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