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Romain Grosjean caught the eye in P6 for Haas, but Williams rookie Lance Stroll will start at the back of the grid.
Sergio Perez narrowly missed out on a top ten berth in Friday’s Melbourne practice while Fernando Alonso was P12 for McLaren.
Williams’ new technical director Paddy Lowe insists that in Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll the Grove team has two “great” drivers on board.
Felipe Massa is relishing a “difficult challenge” to start the season with, while Lance Stroll is gearing up for his first Grand Prix race.
Felipe Massa has said his quick return to Williams for the 2017 season was not a straightforward process.