F1: 2019 Australian Grand Prix Preview

F1: 2019 Australian Grand Prix Preview

High hopes of a meaningful Formula One title race will face their first test at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday as five-times champion Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team seek to crush the pre-season optimism surrounding Ferrari.

But it was Ferrari who sizzled in pre-season testing to emerge as the early favourites in Australia, with Hamilton claiming the Italian team could be up to half a second quicker around Albert Park on Sunday.

Ferrari won the Australian GP in 2018 and they could be a bit quicker once again.

"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.

He added it was not just about "who comes out of the blocks quickest", but who could best develop the vehicle throughout the long, 21-race season.

Last season we saw Ferrari start off with a bang and they kept up with the tempo.

CHiQ TVs in play at last year's Grand Prix event.

Sebastian Vettel now has the support he needs to win the title for Ferrari. We got a bit lucky during the race weekend with the safety vehicle to grab the win.




"This is going to be the toughest battle yet".

Mercedes will go in with Hamilton and the regular Valtteri Bottas. "We have experience, it's no coincidence that we are world champions so we have to be diligent and stay balanced", added Hamilton, who has won twice in Melbourne, in 2008 and 2015.

After a series of unlucky races at the start of the 2018 season, Bottas finished the year with no wins to Hamilton's 11.

Kubica is hoping that the team can have a smooth weekend in Australia so he can come further to terms with life as a modern-day Formula 1 driver, with the sport having changed immensely since his last tenure back in 2010.

Vettel is a victor and having to settle for second in the drivers and constructors championship previous year was tough to take.

"In the end we are racing for Ferrari and we will try to get Ferrari back to where we've been trying to get it back to for the past few years".

"I feel Melbourne is the ideal place to start the championship", said the 31-year-old German, now in his fifth season with the glamour team.

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