Three-times world champion Lewis Hamilton may have put Mercedes on top of the timesheets in free practice at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Friday, but he has lost out in our F1 poll.

Despite his ominously strong pre-season form in the Mercedes, Hamilton was beaten to top spot as we asked fans to predict who would triumph as the 2017 F1 world champion.

[REPORT – Hamilton and Mercedes throw down gauntlet in free practice]

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel clinched a very tight victory with fans backing the German for a comeback title win after recent Mercedes dominance.

For Hamilton, the results are not pretty with the Brit desperate to return to the top after losing out to now retired team-mate Nico Rosberg last season.

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