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.
Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton will be looking to make it three titles in a row in his Mercedes, but Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will be fighting hard to end a six-year championship drought and Daniel Ricciardo, Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly will want to impress their new bosses.
Here, Press Association Sport takes a closer look at the major talking points ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, the season’s curtain raiser.
The start of any new season inevitably leads to questions about how the following eight months will pan out.
Hamilton will be looking to draw first blood in his battle against the Ferraris of Vettel and Leclerc in Australia, but could his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas emerge from a torrid – and winless – 2018 and put the pressure on the reigning champion?
- Horner wouldn't consider Hamilton/Verstappen swap
- Hamilton admits an unhealthy off-season diet
- Rosberg believes Hamilton has more talent than Schumacher
The aforementioned Leclerc may well look to set out his stall on the streets of Melbourne in his new seat at Ferrari, and Nico Hulkenberg will be battling new recruit but old hand Ricciardo to be deemed top dog in the Renault garage.