Bottas expects Mercedes to be chasing Ferrari in Melbourne

F1: 2019 Australian Grand Prix Preview

Hamilton laps up crowd's cheers at F1 season launch party in Melbourne

"It is one thing to drive a Formula 1 vehicle, and it is another thing to actually race it".

"It looks positive so now I just want to race again".

The 34-year old suffered a heavy shunt back in 2011 in a Rally race, ahead of the coming season.

Whilst the victor of the Australian Grand Prix doesn't always give away firm clues about who the champion teams and drivers will be come the end of the season, it does point to a certain hierarchy in what the likely running order will be. "Most of it is going to be up to me if I make it or not, and that's a good feeling". We won't know for sure until this weekend.

"We've got the best team around us".

"Last year for example if I had a bad race you go home and you sort of forget it immediately with the greeting you get, which is great".

"I think people know him, and have learned to trust him". 'We had our weaknesses last year here and there and we obviously try to fix those and do much better this year.

1:30                                            Sky Sports F1's Martin Brundle Paul Di Resta and Johnny Herbert gave their verdict on F1 2019's first day
1:30 Sky Sports F1's Martin Brundle Paul Di Resta and Johnny Herbert gave their verdict on F1 2019's first day

Hamilton will be looking to draw first blood in his battle against the Ferraris of Vettel and Leclerc in Australia, but could his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas emerge from a torrid - and winless - 2018 and put the pressure on the reigning champion?

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton are expecting their toughest season yet and are braced to be pushed to the limit by Ferrari.

"We are immensely proud to announce this exciting partnership with the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, which shares numerous same values as St Hugo, a fine wine created to honour the love between a father and son to continue on his winemaking legacy", he said.

Ben Allen is a senior manager at Nielsen Sports and reports on a Nielsen SportsLink survey that shows the overall popularity of Formula 1 has held strong in recent years despite recent changes to competition and racing formats. So whoever is quickest this weekend, it doesn't really matter as long as it's close.

"I hope to enjoy the weekend and that everything will run smoothly without any big issues so I can concentrate on my driving and discover a new Formula 1", said Kubica. [And] I think it's a case of adding pure performance, but even then we know we haven't unlocked the full potential of the vehicle. "Then it's going to be up to adding pure performance and downforce".

Mercedes have been the Constructors' champions for five years in a row and their drivers have won five years in a row (Lewis Hamilton four times, Nico Rosberg once). After all, they have yet to be beaten to a world championship in the five-year history of Formula 1's hybrid era. That's not only important for Vettel, but also Charles Leclerc, the young hotshot who has joined the team.

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