Despite grey clouds hovering above the Albert Park street circuit, the chance of rain during FP3 and qualifying is just 20%, according to local weather forecasts.
Pirelli has reduced its minimum tyre pressure prescription for the front tyres to 21 PSI (from 22 PSI) after Friday practice. Last year teams and drivers would often complain of high pressure prescriptions, but the new wider constructions have allowed Pirelli to go lower this year. The rear prescription remains unchanged from the start of the weekend at 19.5 PSI.
Larson edges Hamlin to claim Fontana pole
Kyle Larson, who has finished second in the last three races, claimed his second career pole on Friday at Auto Club Speedway.
Unfit Wehrlein ruled out of Australian GP
Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein will miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after admitting he does not feel fit enough to complete a race distance.
Dale Jr. willing to talk new Hendrick contract
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had talks to have actual talks about remaining at Hendrick Motorsports beyond this season.
Eli Tomac chasing 'lifelong goal' in Supercross 450SX title
The 24-year-old Kawasaki rider, who has won three consecutive races and six total this season, is chasing down defending champ Ryan Dungey in his charge to win the 2017 Supercross 450SX title.
Haas ordered to remove its T-wing
Haas was forced to remove its T-wing from its Formula One car ahead of second practice for the Australian Grand Prix, team principal Guenther Steiner has confirmed.
Hamilton fastest in FP2.
Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver during Friday practice recording a staggering 1:23:620 lap. 0.547 seconds ahead of 2nd place Sebastian Vettel.
Driver reaction: Friday practice in Melbourne
ESPN rounds up all the reaction from up and down the Melbourne paddock following Friday practice for the 2017 Australian Grand Prix.
McLaren: Too early to say if Honda reliability issues are solved
McLaren's executive director Zak Brown is not expecting a big step in performance form engine partner Honda.
Bottas: Work to do to catch Lewis
Valtteri Bottas admits he has work to do to close the gap to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton following Friday practice for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Alonso: McLaren can only hope for a miracle
Fernando Alonso says the only thing he and McLaren can hope for at the Australian Grand Prix is "miracles" after enduring a frustrating first Friday of 2017.
Hamilton: Difference to testing is 'night and day'
Any concerns Lewis Hamilton had about the competitiveness of his Mercedes were put to rest by two practice sessions at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday.
Ricciardo: Mercedes not insanely quick
Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull can make significant gains to Mercedes' early pace before qualifying for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Palmer caught 'massively by surprise' by FP2 crash
Jolyon Palmer insists he has not lost confidence in his Renault despite crashing out unexpectedly of free practice two in Australia.
Brawn and Bratches meet the press
Kate Walker looks at the first public appearance of Ross Brawn and Sean Bratches -- two of the three men now leading Liberty Media's F1 -- and what the immediate future holds for the sport.
Kimi: Ferrari can be happy with Friday showing
Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari can be pleased with its showing during Friday practice for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, but admits the team still has improvements to make.
Verstappen: Red Bull just a bit too slow
Max Verstappen says Red Bull is not on the pace of Mercedes and Ferrari at the Australian Grand Prix after finishing Friday practice in fifth and sixth.
Vettel: Plenty to come from Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel downplayed Ferrari's underwhelming Friday practice in Australia, saying he is sure the team has plenty of performance to find before qualifying.
Not an ideal session for Aussie Daniel Ricciardo. On ultra-soft tyres, his Red Bull struggled to get within a second of Lewis Hamilton's blistering Mercedes pace.
Hamilton dominates FP2, Ferrari 0.5s behind
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton again set the benchmark pace in practice for the Australian Grand Prix as Ferrari continue to leave everyone speculating on their true potential.
Brawn targeting 'perfect world' formula for F1
Formula One's new managing director of racing Ross Brawn says he is aiming to deliver a "perfect world" solution for the sport, based on closer racing and financially healthy teams.
Jehan Daruvala hopes F3 fast-tracks F1 dream
Eighteen-year-old Jehan Daruvala is coming off a career high, having clinched victory at the New Zealand Grand Prix in February. Success at the European F3 Championship is next on his list.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished the first practice session at Albert Park in P3, 0.583s off Lewis Hamilton. If the compound differential is around the expected 0.8s, it points to very strong signs at Red Bull in 2017.
Hamilton tops opening practice in Melbourne
Lewis Hamilton goes quickest for Mercedes in Australia's opening practice session as Red Bull and Ferrari stay off Pirelli's softest tyre.