Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

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

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

Across the paddock Ferrari's pre-season pace has been the talk of the town, with the prancing horse seemingly the team to beat ahead of lights out in Melbourne on Sunday, though testing is not always the be-all and end-all of a teams' destiny. "From what we have learned so far, this year will be even tougher", he added.

"I think Charles will do his best to help himself, to help the team and that's the same for me, I'll do the best to help myself and to help the team".

"Over the winter some things have been different, like with my coach again we looked through the travel plan and everything, all the details that we think is going to be best for my performance, like where I am between races, where do I fly, when do I fly".

Ferrari have endured a torrid decade, having not won the drivers' championship since Kimi Raikkonen lifted the trophy in 2007, or the constructors' since 2008.

Ferrari are displaying a calmness that will finally push them to glory this season, according to Ross Brawn.

"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.

"I hope that this year we get to have a lot of fun".

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

"In this regard we are more prepared".

"Naturally after a test you always improve on the next days, the vehicle gets older and older throughout the test".

"And we don't know how much they've improved".

We're still quite unsure about how Red Bull will be. Over the past two years, the way they've been able to improve the auto during the year has been pretty rapid, so for sure they're going to be a threat as well. We got a bit lucky with the safety auto to grab the win. Really encouraging. I just know they're the soldiers.

The Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019 is the opening round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, and one of Australia's premier, sporting and social events on a global level.

And if Mercedes does emerge at the head of the pack through the course of the year then could Bottas be top dog?

Ferrari have failed to capitalise on situations in the past two years when they were poised to run Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton close for the titles but stumbled through driver or team errors. Perhaps a little puppy love may well go a long way to proving his critics wrong...

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