With teams having trialled various design solutions on their new cars over the course of pre-season testing, you are never quite sure what you are going to see when they arrive at the first round of the season.
Although the Melbourne weekend was largely positive for Formula 1, it revealed one serious threat that hangs over the series this year, which is the problem with overtaking. Melbourne is not a typical race track and we need to see the cars on circuits like Shanghai and Bahrain, but already some things are painfully clear.
The first Grand Prix to new regulations and with wider, more robust tyres brought about a complete change of approach in race strategy. With stronger tyres Melbourne is a one-stop race and that was the case for most runners this season.
Sky F1's Martin Brundle reviews the season-opening Australian GP & reflects on both the high points and a worrying lack of overtaking.
Antonio Giovinazzi's performance last weekend in Melbourne did not go unnoticed, with many pundits admitting to have been highly impressed with the young charger's talent and the result he achieved.