Sebastian Vettel Fired Up To Return Ferrari To The Top

Lewis Hamilton- Lewis Hamilton relaxed as Briton prepares for Australian Grand Prix

"Vettel and Ferrari are looking to bounce back from a disappointing season a year ago and the German said they are hoping to 'turn the page".

"You know the victor takes it all".

Williams has endured an extremely tough pre-season after an equally hard 2018 campaign that saw previous drivers Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin score only seven points between them, but the Grove-based outfit are fielding an all-new line-up in Kubica and 2018 FIA Formula 2 champion George Russell.

Motorsport Week begins Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix preparations with a trip to a Melbourne hotel to catch up with Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas.

"Judging from the performance in Barcelona, it looks like we will have a proper fight on our hands", Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said to BBC.

"Charles will do his best for himself and the team - it is the same for me".

"It's actually 24-years-old and never been resurfaced so if we're going to resurface it let's work with Formula 1 with their simulators and track analysis and see if there are some things that we can evolve".

Lewis Hamilton- Lewis Hamilton relaxed as Briton prepares for Australian Grand Prix
Hamilton has appeared relaxed in Melbourne in the countdown to the Australian Grand Prix Credit GETTY IMAGES

"In this sport if you want to win you need to be selfish, it is that kind of sport, even though it is a team sport you need to think about yourself", he said. "Most of it is going to be up to me if I make it or not, and that's a good feeling".

We're still quite unsure about how Red Bull will be.

"Obviously I completely understand the decision", said the Monegasque. It has been the same every year.

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. "We have work to do".

"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". It's a long way.

But Vettel, who won in Australia last season after Mercedes made a strategy error that handed him the race, admitted that Ferrari were in a better position heading into this season than they were in 2018.

"This is going to be the toughest battle yet ... their pace is very good at the moment", the Briton said after suggesting in preseason testing that Ferrari could be as much as half a second ahead. [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.

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