WATCH LIVE: FP2 for the Australian Grand Prix

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The 2015 F1 season got off to something of a quiet start with first practice for the Australian Grand Prix earlier today, as the off-track debacle surrounding Sauber threatened to overshadow proceedings at Albert Park on Friday.

The Swiss team has been fighting a case against its former reserve driver Giedo van der Garde throughout the week, and now faces having its assets seized by bailiffs and even possible imprisonment for team principal Monisha Kaltenborn. Nevertheless, the show must go on in Melbourne.

You can watch second practice for the Australian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra from 1:30a ET today. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

First practice saw Nico Rosberg and Mercedes pick up where they left off in 2014, topping the timesheets with a Silver Arrows one-two as Lewis Hamilton finished second. The Mercedes drivers finished over one second clear of the rest of the field, sending out an early statement of intent to the rest of the field.

Most of teams completed only limited running in the first session on Friday, and instead opted to work on getting all of the systems running smoothly and in place ahead of second practice when we should see more extensive running.

You can watch second practice for the Australian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra from 1:30a ET today. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.