Five talking points ahead of the Australian Grand Prix

Mercedes vs Ferrari: What happened last season?

"Always to start you're a bit nervous, you don't know exactly where you are, you don't know what's going to happen".

If Ferrari's pace in Barcelona translates to race day, they could pick up an additional 21 points this season.

"But having said that obviously we can't do better than last year's result".

The new season boasts a host of driver changes throughout the grid and only two of the ten teams have relied upon last seasons drivers to deliver the goods.

"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".

"You don't know exactly where you are, you don't know what's going to happen", he said.

After a series of unlucky races at the start of the 2018 season, Bottas finished the year with no wins to Hamilton's 11.

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

"As far as I'm concerned that's its permanent spot", he said. The driver, whose team will also score an extra point for the constructors' championship, must finish in the top 10.

Mercedes struggled to find a suitable auto balance in the opening week and while the team's fortunes appeared to improve with a raft of aerodynamic updates introduced for week two, Hamilton suggested that the gap to Ferrari was "potentially half a second" after the final day of pre-season testing. "I think it was quite clear, however it's hard to know what everyone's doing, so naturally we won't fully know until we get out in the auto tomorrow and, come qualifying you get a better picture, and usually, over the first few races is when you really start to get an idea of where everyone stands. but we said that we have work to do and we weren't talking BS".

"We've got a contract that says that we're the first race and that runs until 2023".

Vettel added: "We won't win it here and we won't lose it here".

"We are definitely in the fight and we know we have a strong team".

Ferrari won the Australian GP in 2018 and they could be a bit quicker once again. Just after the test I went back, and Toto rallied the troops and we all sat together and it's really impressive to see so many people so passionate about their jobs and so passionate about racing and wanting to do a better job and always wanting to improve.

"We had some issues with the auto to fix. We are more prepared but we can't do better than last year's result, so it is a tough weekend ahead of us".



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