Formula 1 2019 Australian Grand Prix Odds & Picks

Lynette Rowe
March 14, 2019

"The name of this year's auto, the SF90, is already a celebration of this anniversary and, on top of that (we have) chose to honour this achievement in an even more evident manner in Melbourne", Ferrari said in a statement.

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.

The Formula One circus has made its way Down Under for the start of the new season with final preparations underway at Melbourne's Albert Park. "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 wasn't expecting to see so many people here, ' said a shocked Hamilton".

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

Since he last raced in 2010, a lot has changed in Formula One, so it will be a massive learning curve for the Polish driver. "To have any proper examples, I don't know, we will see at the first race". If you go with both, if either wins, you make a small profit. It is one thing to drive a Formula One auto, and it is another thing to actually race it.

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With the majority of experts and fans alike predicting a close battle between Mercedes and Ferrari with Red Bull tucked in behind, the midfield battle appears less clear even after two four-day pre-season tests in Barcelona. The Aussie fans have great energy: they love F1 and we get a great welcome when we arrive at the circuit each morning. 'We had our weaknesses last year here and there and we obviously try to fix those and do much better this year.

Mercedes and Haas have an unchanged driver line-up with World Champion Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas aiming high in 2019, and Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean hoping to build on a successful debut season for the Haas F1 team.

"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. Over the past two years, the way they've been able to improve the vehicle during the year has been pretty rapid, so for sure they're going to be a threat as well. "Hopefully we will have a strong package that carries us all the way to fight for it".

At a bumpy street circuit where overtaking has been hard, F1 bosses will hope the introduction of new rules can inject spice.

"I don't think it will decide a championship, but it could do, I guess". It's just feeling how the auto handles and how the balance is, we know there is definitely more to come. "Then it's going to be up to adding pure performance and downforce". After all, they have yet to be beaten to a world championship in the five-year history of Formula 1's hybrid era.

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