Formula 1 begins in Melbourne and on 2BET2

Updated: March 16, 2012

The 2012 Formula 1 season is upon us and 2BET2 is delighted to bring you the coverage throughout the most anticipated season in years.

No less than 6 former champions will be waiting on the grid for the lights to turn green.

Sebastian Vettel will be gunning for an unprecedented third consecutive championship however standing in his way will be McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, Kimi Raikonnen the 2007 champ back with Team Lotus F1, Michael Schumacher in a Mercedes and Fernando Alonso in a Ferrari.

Jenson Button a twice winner at Melbourne led a McLaren one-two in the first free practice session of the 2012 Formula 1 season in Melbourne.

Damp conditions early on meant relatively little serious running until the final half an hour, with Button going quickest by 0.245 seconds over team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Michael Schumacher set the pace in a rain-affected second free practice session for the Australian Grand Prix.

The seven-time champion set his 1m29.183s lap on the last of the session, on a track that was improving in terms of grip with every second of running, but in spite of being at the right end of the roulette wheel the Mercedes driver had look good for it throughout the last frantic 20 minutes of running.

In the end Schumacher denied Nico Hulkenberg another giant-killing headline, and the young German had to settle for second best this time. Sergio Perez was third fastest for Sauber.

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