Bottas expects Mercedes to be chasing Ferrari in Melbourne

Heather Diaz
March 14, 2019

Mercedes will go in with Hamilton and the regular Valtteri Bottas. "He lost the title in 2018 also because he lacked 100pc support". Motorsport Week's suggestion to name one "Spottas" did not receive approval.

"It looks positive so now I just want to race again".

"I'm really pleased to kind of start a new page, knowing at this point of the year that anything is possible. Most of it is going to be up to me if I make it or not, and that's a good feeling".

Williams has endured an extremely tough pre-season after an equally hard 2018 campaign that saw previous drivers Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin score only seven points between them, but the Grove-based outfit are fielding an all-new line-up in Kubica and 2018 FIA Formula 2 champion George Russell.

"I think people know him, and have learned to trust him".

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"I definitely only have one career and I don't want to be in the situation that after the season I should have done this or that". I feel we have made improvements already and I'm confident we can be in a better shape. "In terms of performance, it's hard to judge where we are". "There's been many details we've been trying to improve".

Ferrari are displaying a calmness that will finally push them to glory this season, according to Ross Brawn.

"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.

"It's only guessing where we are going to be but, as we last were on track, we are chasing Ferrari and we'll see where we are here". They employed Sebastian Vettel as their No 1 driver in 2015, after the German won four world championships with Red Bull, in an attempt to find success, but it has not paid off.... 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. "We don't know what they've got up their sleeve". It's a massively long season, and always with some regulation changes like this year is going to be a lot about how much you can improve the vehicle, because the cars in Abu Dhabi are going to be so much quicker than this weekend.

The cars feature new front and rear wings, aimed at making it easier for them to get closer and overtake, while the driver that sets the fastest lap can earn an additional championship point, so long as he finishes in the top 10 in Sunday's race.

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