Scuderia Ferrari reveals special SF90 Melbourne livery

Ricciardo encouraged by Hulkenberg performance	
				Image by Joe Portlock  LAT

Ricciardo encouraged by Hulkenberg performance Image by Joe Portlock LAT

"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". Will anything change in 2019?

Mercedes have been the Constructors' champions for five years in a row and their drivers have won five years in a row (Lewis Hamilton four times, Nico Rosberg once).

With the cars not out on the track until tomorrow, Ricciardo joined drivers on the Melbourne Walk where they arrive at the back of the pits and spend time signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans.

The next wave of serious changes is expected in 2021 but there will be subtle tweaks in 2019.

"We'll see how it plays out". Is this really an issue or not? "We could draw some conclusions from testing but not much".

Ferrari's impressive display in testing makes Valtteri Bottas believe Mercedes will have to fight to stay with their rivals in Australia.

As you might recall, Sebastian Vettel actually won six of the first 13 races past year, including the first two of the season. Over the past two years, the way they've been able to improve the auto during the year has been pretty rapid, so for sure they're going to be a threat as well.

"The aim this year is to take a step forward and compete at the front of the midfield once again", commented CEO and Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer.

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But Hamilton later told Sky Sports: "It might be closer than we think, it might be a bigger gap than we think". Amid the presence of Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc joining Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari, and Pierre Gasly linking up with Max Verstappen at Red Bull, Bottas has appeared to be nearly the forgotten man heading into 2019. "Its always nice to kick off the season with a good result".

I would have loved to take a flier on Leclerc in this spot as he does look like a young driver on the rise.

The revised livery now features a commemorative logo celebrating Scuderia Ferrari's 90 years of existence.

The team said on Tuesday it had expedited an upgrade for the RB15 vehicle in time for Sunday's race, a month earlier than scheduled.

It's a bit boring, but I would bet Vettel, Hamilton, or both.

No Australian has ever won a home grand prix.

Vettel has won in Melbourne for the past two years, and three times in total. More faithful followers of the sport can also visit the Legends Lane, the Grand Prix Motor Show and the Auto Avenue Car Clubs to further immerse themselves in the experience.

"To be completely honest, these 50-50 situations, when the time will come I will probably be let know in the vehicle", he said.

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