Australian Grand Prix 2017: UK start time, date, prediction, TV schedule, calendar and betting odds

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Lewis Hamilton will begin his bid to win back the Formula One crown in the season opener in Melbourne.

Sunday's race marks Hamilton's first alongside new team-mate Valtteri Bottas following reigning champion Nico Rosberg's decision to stand down at the end of last season.

Mercedes have won the World Constructors' Championship three years on the spin and are favourites to again show their dominance in the coming months.

But Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel - four-time champion when with Red Bull - set the fastest time in testing earlier this month, prompting Hamilton to suggest Mercedes' closest rivals are 'bluffing'.

"I think Ferrari are bluffing and that they are a lot quicker than they are showing," the Brit said.

"They are very close, if not faster."

Below is the breakdown of everything you need to know ahead of the race...


DATE, TIME AND VENUE (all times UK)

The race will begin at 6am at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday July 10.

First practice 1am (Friday), second practice 5am (Friday), third practice 3am (Saturday), qualifying 6am (Saturday)

IS IT ON TV?

The race will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1, with coverage starting at 4.30am on Sunday.

Sky Q customers will be able to watch the race in Ultra HD for the first time.

TEAMS AND DRIVERS

MERCEDES

Drivers: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

RED BULL

Drivers: Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen

FERRARI

Drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen

FORCE INDIA

Drivers: Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon

WILLIAMS

Drivers: Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll

MCLAREN

Drivers: Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne

TORO ROSSO

Drivers: Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat

HAAS

Drivers: Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen

RENAULT

Drivers: Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer

SAUBER

Drivers: Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein

2017 CALENDAR AND TV (all times UK)

Mar 27 Australia Melbourne 6am, SSF1

Apr 9 China Shanghai 7am, SSF11

Apr 16 Bahrain Sakhir 4pm, SSF1 & CH4

Apr 30 Russia Sochi 1pm, SSF1 & CH4

May 14 Spain Barcelona 1pm, SSF1

May 28 Monaco Monte Carlo 1pm, SSF1 & CH4

Jun 11 Canada Montreal 7pm, SSF1

Jun 25 Europe Baku 2pm, SSF1 & CH4

Jul 9 Austria Spielberg 1pm¸ SSF1

Jul 16 British Silverstone 1pm, SSF1 & CH4

Jul 30 Hungary Budapest 1pm, SSF1

Aug 27 Belgian Spa F’champs 1pm, SSF1 & CH4

Sept 3 Italy Monza 1pm, SSF1

Sept 17 Singapore Singapore 1pm, SSF1 & CH4

Oct 1 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 8am, SSF1 & CH4

Oct 8 Japan Suzuka 6am, SSF1

Oct 22 United States Texas 8pm, SSF1 & CH4

Oct 29 Mexico Mexico City 7pm, SSF1

Nov 12 Brazil Sao Paulo 4pm, SSF1

Nov 26 Abu Dhabi Yas Marina 1pm, SSF1 & CH4

PREDICTION

BETTING ODDS (via 888Sport)

Lewis Hamilton EVENS

Sebastian Vettel 7/2

Valtteri Bottas 21/4

Kimi Raikkonen 6/1

Max Verstappen 8/1

Daniel Ricciardo 9/1

Click here to place a bet. Odds correct as of March 23 at 8pm

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