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Alonso fastest, Hamilton trouble at Australian GP

Ferrari's Alonso fastest while Hamilton strikes engine trouble at F1 Australian GP practice

Alonso fastest, Hamilton trouble at Australian GP

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in Friday's opening practice for the Australian Grand Prix, with all teams struggling to master their new engines and radically redesigned cars ahead of the Formula One season opener.

Lewis Hamilton was one of several drivers to experience problems, with the pre-race favorite unable to complete a single lap after his Mercedes engine shut down due to an oil pressure alarm on his first tour of the Albert Park circuit.

McLaren's Jenson Button was second fastest, ahead of the Williams pair Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.

World champion Sebastian Vettel finished just 10 laps in his Red Bull as the team plays catch-up after a troubled preseason testing. The Lotus and Caterham teams did not complete a single lap.

Updated : 2021-06-24 02:07 GMT+08:00