Excitement building as F1 teams arrive in Melbourne ahead of season opener

Daniel Ricciardo didn’t have a great start to practice

"We try to turn the page - we obviously had our weaknesses last year and we tried to fix those and do much better this year".

Can Sebastian Vettel win the Australian GP two years in a row?

"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. He was on target to win at the Russian Grand Prix towards the end of the year, but with Hamilton fighting Sebastian Vettel for the title, Mercedes told him to move over and let his teammate take the lead. "We recognize this won't be an easy task because it's shaping up to be one of the closest midfields we have seen for a long time - with just a few tenths separating a handful of teams".

With 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen having switched to Alfa Romeo, the team formerly known as Sauber, Vettel's new partnership with highly-rated Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc will be under scrutiny. "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".

"We have work to do", Hamilton admitted.

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Ferrari's new boss Mattia Binotto says Vettel will get "priority" this year, but Rosberg said: "I'm looking forward to the duel".

"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. Renault's Daniel Ricciardo is the only Australian in Sunday's race. There were regulation changes in 2017 that some thought might slow them down, but they powered right through them.

Three drivers are making their F1 race debuts in Australia - Britain's George Russell (Williams), Lando Norris (McLaren) and Thailand's Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso). "So far, the spirit is right, the team is on track, the auto feels good so let's see how we start the year".

He gets his opportunity at Williams, which finished last in the constructors' championship in 2018.

The rule will see an extra point given to the driver in the top ten who scores the fastest lap of the race. A victor now gets 25 points with 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and one for the subsequent places. When quizzed around the prestige and reputation of the Australian Grand Prix, once again it is Victorians who are most positive about the impact of the event.

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