Sebastian Vettel Fired Up To Return Ferrari To The Top

Sebastian Vettel Fired Up To Return Ferrari To The Top

'So far, the spirit is right, the team is on track, the vehicle feels good so let's see how we start the year.' Hamilton, meanwhile, is braced for a scrap.

"I didn't have that much experience in testing to make a full conclusion". "We've been trying to plan with the team all my sponsor events a bit more in advance so I can plan my calendar a bit more around it, all the details in terms of travel, logistics, hotels, everything to help my wellbeing and performance, same thing with the training we try again to improve from previous year".

"In this regard we are more prepared".

Mercedes AMG F1 2019 Barcelona Pre Season Test 2 Day 4 – Steve Etherington
Mercedes AMG F1 2019 Barcelona Pre Season Test 2 Day 4 – Steve Etherington

Asked if Ferrari are in a better situation now than they were 12 months ago, the 31-year-old told a press conference: "Yeah quite frankly because last year's winter testing didn't go well for us".

"I believe that Mercedes will be very strong in Australia and I think that we would be completely wrong to believe that we are faster than them", he said.

"There's a lake there, there are ovals there and buildings, so we're talking about subtle adjustments that can improve the racing".


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But he added: "It's a tough weekend ahead of us".

"Naturally after a test you always improve on the next days, the auto gets older and older throughout the test". So whoever is quickest this weekend, it doesn't really matter as long as it's close.


Bottas says the key to his new approach will be being more guarded with his time to ensure he is in the best possible position at the start of each race weekend to maximise results. "We think they're going to be strong because Honda looks strong now as well and they've always had a good auto". It matters who improves the most. We got a bit lucky with the safety vehicle to grab the win. It's just feeling how the vehicle handles and how the balance is, we know there is definitely more to come.

Ferrari unveiled the 90th-anniversary logo for Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Wednesday after ditching branding by a tobacco giant's subsidiary over a potential breach of cigarette advertising laws. After all, they have yet to be beaten to a world championship in the five-year history of Formula 1's hybrid era.

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?


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