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Melbourne Speed Trap: Who was the fastest of them all?

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Melbourne's Grand Prix circuit comprises public roads encircling Albert Park, which is located just south of the city's central business district.

The 5.30 km street circuit has the feel of a natural road course however, but with few true straights top speeds aren't as high or frequent as on the majority of F1's other tracks.

Like was often the case last year at many venues, a Force India registered the fastest top speed, with Sergio Perez clocking in at 323.7 km/h, underlining once again the sleek qualities of its pink design in a straight line.

And as was also frequently the case in 2017, a pair of McLarens were found at the other end of the spectrum, some 15km/h off the top speed. Swapping Honda for Renault promised the Woking-based outfit reliability and performance.

To date however, Toro Rosso has oddly outdone McLaren on both fronts. Hopefully this will soon change for Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.

For all the extraordinary artistry he displayed during his barn burner qualifying lap, Lewis Hamilton was only fifth fastest through the speed trap, and never the fastest car in a straight-line in any of the sectors, which tells us all we need to know about his skills and the handling qualities of his W09.

The same observation applies to Red Bull, with even more spectacular top speed deficits for Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. It's all about the turns and fast sweeps at Melbourne...

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