Something that surprised Lewis Hamilton after he posted the fastest lap ever at the Albert Park circuit and equalled Ayrton Senna's record of six pole positions at the Australian Grand Prix was that his time wasn't even quicker.
A new era for Formula One cars got under way without much change in the status quo, with Lewis Hamilton posting the fastest time in his Mercedes in the first practice session of the opening Grand Prix weekend of the season.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, who together have won six of the past seven Formula One drivers' titles, claim that they are ready to forge a rivalry that could electrify their sport. Already, the stars are aligning.
The importance of the upcoming KartSport New Zealand nationals in Invercargill at Easter is evident by the presence of several North Islanders entries for this weekend's Southland Spirit Of A Nation meeting at the Invercargill Oil Shop Raceway at Sandy Point, Invercargill.
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