Australian Grand Prix practice photos
Friday: Michael Schumacher squeezes in ahead of first practice and is immediately in the thick of things as he posts a swift time amid red flags
The German has made adjustments to his driving position from Bahrain and ended the first session down in 12th with Renault's Robert Kubica coming home fastest
Lewis Hamilton posts the seventh-fastest time for a McLaren team that was more than a second off the pace during qualifying in Bahrain
Defending champion Jenson Button tackles the bumps better and steers his MP4-25 round in the third-fastest time of the opening session
Sebastian Vettel clocks the fifth-fastest time, outperforming Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber who is 14th fastest in the first session.
The pressure is on Webber as he bids to become the first home driver to win the Australian Grand Prix - his second session time will give him more confidence.
Vitaly Petrov's Renault heads cross-country as the Russian, whose Formula 1 debut came lasted 13 laps a fortnight ago, comes in over a second back from his team-mate
Jenson Button and the rest of the field will have to stick to the same 37mph pitlane speed limit used in practice during the race and qualifying
The Melbourne skyline provides a spectacular backdrop as Lewis Hamilton (foreground) gets some practice laps in before Sunday's race
Eyes on the prize: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso will be keen to add to his opening race win in Bahrain
Thursday: Four-time Albert Park winner Michael Schumacher shows he is just as confident on two wheels as he is on four as he takes a spin around Albert Park - while a Mercedes employee hangs on for the ride
Meanwhile, 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton is embraced by a devoted fan who cannot resist planting a kiss on the 25-year-old during a McLaren signing session
Before flying to Melbourne, Michael Schumacher visits Sea World on Australia's Gold Coast, where he swims with a dolphin called Nila
Hamilton's team-mate Jenson Button swaps drives with Australia's V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup around Albert Park on Tuesday