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MELBOURNE, Australia - Mercedes confirmed its status as favourite to win the Formula One season-opening Australian Grand Prix by setting the fastest two times in Fridays practice sessions, with Lewis Hamilton edging his teammate Nico Rosberg. Malcolm Smith Raiders Jersey . Hamilton failed to complete a lap in the opening practice session due to a malfunctioning oil pressure sensor that shut down his engine, but recovered to set a time of 1 minute 29.625 seconds in the second session around the Albert Park circuit, 0.157 seconds ahead of Rosberg. "That was quite satisfying. On one lap the pace was good, and on the long run, as well," Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said. He added, however, that Hamiltons early problem meant there is still cause for concern. "You need to be very careful because its enough to have a little problem and the race or qualifying could be finished." Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was fastest in the first session but dropped to third in the second, half a second off Hamiltons time. Kimi Raikkonen was only seventh fastest in his return to the Italian team after suffering some problems, including failing to select first gear when trying a practice start. "Were still not on top of all the things we need to resolve," Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said. "The negative sides have to be addressed very quickly because the competition is strong and the time available is not very much." The gaps at the top of the timesheets were reasonably close, which points toward a competitive qualifying session on Saturday and race on Sunday, rather than the Mercedes dominance that many had predicted. Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel was tipped to struggle in his campaign for a fifth straight drivers championship due to his teams preseason struggles with Renaults new V6 turbo engine, but he put in an encouraging performance to finish fourth fastest in practice. Vettel and new teammate Daniel Ricciardo — who was sixth fastest — completed a total of 115 laps, which will provide valuable data on the car and engines performance. "Its been a very strong first day for us," Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said. "Weve had a very difficult preseason with numerous issues so it was refreshing to get some laps in and get a first proper feel for the car. "We can see there is quite a gap to the Mercedes and the Ferrari, but we are starting to feel what that gap is and by the end of the weekend we will have a clearer idea." By contrast, fellow Renault-powered teams Lotus and Caterham did very little running due to a succession of technical problems, coupled with some spins into the gravel traps by Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado. There has been concern that these two teams, and perhaps others, will sit out Saturdays final practice session to avoid encountering a problem that takes a long time to fix — as many do with these new complex engines — and therefore having to miss both qualifying and the race. Renault deputy managing director Rob White admitted the company was way behind schedule in integrating the complex new powertrains to its four customer teams. "Its completely unacceptable to come to the first race as relatively unprepared as we are," White said. McLaren driver Jenson Button was fifth fastest in Fridays practice, while his rookie teammate Kevin Magnussen was ninth. Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was eighth, four places above his experienced new teammate Felipe Massa in 12th. Force Indias Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top ten. Seth Roberts Raiders Jersey .C. -- The RBC Cups semifinal participants were decided by a pair of overtime games. Lester Hayes Raiders Jersey . Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas appeared to be on track to gain election from the Baseball Writers Association of America on Wednesday, and Craig Biggio could join them.Justin Rose believes he is in great shape for this weeks first major championship of the season, and admits he arrives in Georgia under the radar. The 35-year-old Englishman tied-for-second at Augusta last year and went on to post top-10 finishes in three of the four majors during 2015.This will be his 11th Masters appearance and Rose says he feels ready to claim a second major title following on from his US Open success three years ago.I think that Ive sort of been steady. I havent really had any fireworks yet this year, said Rose.I feel like all of my backroom work has been fantastic and my preparation has been coming along nicely. Im under the radar but certainly feeling good with my game. Masters week on Sky All four days and much more live on Sky Sports His best finish so far this year is a tie-for-sixth at Pebble Beach and, in his 19 starts since last July, the consistent Rose has finished outside the top 25 just three times, while enjoying 10 top-10 finishes.Looking ahead to this week, he added: To back up a US Open win with a Masters would be just incredible. Obviously, The Open Championship is my home event, and thats going to be one thats always on my hit list.But to win here, its a venue that we come back year on year, you begin to develop that relationship with the course, the venue, the feel, And its somewhere I feel very, very comfortable. Ive had a lot of good rounds here. Last year, I was able to put four together in a row.I dont think you ever feel like youve necessarily mastered it because invariably you learn something new every year, which is what I love about it.As for 2015, he finished four-strokes behind Jordan Spieth who completed 72 holes in 18-under-par. The Englishman put in an impressive display at thhe Masters in 2015 Rose added: At the 16th green, I had a putt to get to 16‑under par, and you know, that level of performance obviously would have won many major championships. D.J.Hayden Raiders Jersey. So I take a lot of confidence from that. That level of performance is good enough to win. If you get beaten by a better guy on the week, you tip your cap.But I know that what I was able to do last year tells me Ive got what it takes to win the tournament going forward.There was a momentum shift around 8 and 9 last year. It was a routine up‑and‑down on No 8 that I didnt make and I hit a great shot into No 9 that just skipped up onto the middle tier and I three‑putted coming back down the ridge.  Rose is hoping to build on his impressive form I felt like that was a two or three shot swing there. Had it gone the other way, everything changes going into the back nine. But Jordan was able to stay three or four ahead, which is obviously huge. He did a great job of obviously keeping that distance.And regarding 2016, he told Sky Sports News HQ: Its a very strong field. Theres a bunch of six or seven guys at 12/1 or better. Im not sure weve seen that in recent years.Wind is forecast Thursday, Friday. Thats going to be tough, especially at Augusta where it swirls, so Amen Corner may be tricky and thats where experience comes in. Get a Sky Sports Week Pass Dont miss the Masters. Watch live from £6.99 without a contract, on NOW TV. 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