Force India's French driver Esteban Ocon powers through a corner during the first practice session for the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul Crock / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

The first day of the new 2017 formula one Championship season saw the Force India VJM10 emerge in its new pink livery at the Albert Park Circuit as Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon clocked up a total of 124 laps between them over the course of the two ninety minute sessions on Friday.

The new pink livery was the talk of the pitlane as commentators tried to remember the last time they saw a pink Formula one car, or even a car with pink on it.

But the two drivers were oblivious to their chatter as they went about their days program.

For Esteban Ocon, his first official practice session for Force India, and his first at Albert Park, didn’t get started right away due to a braking issue, however once he got going there was no stopping him.

“I didn’t have the best start to the day with a brake issue causing a delayed start to my running, but the afternoon was easier and I managed to find a better rhythm,” he said. “The priority tonight is the usual job of exploring where we need to make changes; where we can find some gains, and where I can improve too. Hopefully we can make a step forward during final practice to be ready for qualifying.”