Mercedes look to burst Ferrari's bubble in Melbourne

  • Mercedes look to burst Ferrari's bubble in Melbourne

Mercedes look to burst Ferrari's bubble in Melbourne

Kubica was preparing for the 2011 season when he suffered a horror injury in a rallying crash during pre-season, and it has taken eight long years to return to the top level of single seater motorsport, and he feels this weekend's Australian Grand Prix will be like a second debut after such a long time away. "Vettel and Ferrari are looking to bounce back from a disappointing season previous year and the German said they are hoping to 'turn the page".

"Over the winter some things have been different, like with my coach again we looked through the travel plan and everything, all the details that we think is going to be best for my performance, like where I am between races, where do I fly, when do I fly".

He continued: "We'll obviously try to have a great, smooth weekend".

The 34-year-old, who was dominant in 2018, is gunning to go one better than legendary five-time champion Juan Manuel Fangio and close in on Michael Schumacher's all-time record seven Formula One crowns.

"It's always nice to start here in Australia but it will be a very long and tough season, so just being focused". "It's something I've kind of also realised over the past years and especially last year that I definitely only have one career and I don't want to be in the situation that after the season where I should have done this or that".

While Ferrari are predicted to be the early-season frontrunners, the rest of the pecking order is far less well defined.

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 previous year when he was hit with a three-place grid penalty for a minor technical infringement.

"I see us behind Ferrari over the race distance but ahead of Mercedes". "We could draw some conclusions from testing but not much". "I wasn't expecting to see so many people here, ' said a shocked Hamilton".

Red Bull have been encouraged by the first steps they have taken with Honda, whose engine ran faultless during testing.

The first practice session of the year begins at 1am United Kingdom time on Friday morning, with Sunday's race, which will be exclusively live on Sky Sports F1, underway at 5.10am.