Saturday, 23 March, 2019

F1: 2019 Australian Grand Prix Preview

Ricciardo encouraged by Hulkenberg performance	
				Image by Joe Portlock  LAT Ricciardo encouraged by Hulkenberg performance Image by Joe Portlock LAT
Frederick Owens | 14 March, 2019, 12:58

Ferrari did have the fastest auto for much of the season.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation chief Andrew Westacott has no plans to give up the coveted position as season opener and says the 4.10pm race start time works well with global television audiences.

Robert Kubica will return to Grand Prix racing for the first time since the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend at the Albert Park circuit in Australia, with the Pole set to make his first start with Williams Racing. "We are more prepared but we can't do better than last year's result, so it is a tough weekend ahead of us".

"I think people know him, and have learned to trust him".

"We never sit still so we've got to evolve our track", Westacott said.

Red Bull, the best of the rest behind Mercedes and Ferrari last season, have ambitions of higher honours after partnering up with Honda engines.

Daniel Ricciardo will also hope for better luck at his home race in the yellow and black of Renault, having missed a maiden podium in Melbourne with Red Bull a year ago when he was hit with a three-place grid penalty for a minor technical infringement.

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The Formula One race in Melbourne isn't just about the race, it's also about the atmosphere.

The Italian marque flexed its muscles during pre-season testing and heading to Melbourne is regarded in some quarters as title favourite. "We could draw some conclusions from testing but not much". I feel we have made improvements already and I'm confident we can be in a better shape.

"We're free to race like every single year", Hamilton said. They actually looked like they had the better vehicle.

"We have a really strong partnership with Formula 1".

However, he also said, "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". "It is only when it's at a point when one driver doesn't have a shot to win the championship and I think that's great". "Then it's going to be up to adding pure performance and downforce".

Ferrari and Vettel looked in contention to pick up their first Championship last season, but a string of errors in the second half saw them tail off and ultimately hand it to Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. After all, they have yet to be beaten to a world championship in the five-year history of Formula 1's hybrid era. Amid the presence of Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc joining Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari, and Pierre Gasly linking up with Max Verstappen at Red Bull, Bottas has appeared to be nearly the forgotten man heading into 2019.

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