Sport Ricciardo meets fans ahead of Aussie F1 Grand Prix

Oh, and four adorable Dalmatian puppies.

"It is one thing to drive a Formula 1 vehicle, and it is another thing to actually race it".

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. Another former F1 driver, Ralf Schumacher, says the "biggest mistake" made by Ferrari previous year was not giving Vettel "everything he wanted". "It is the second debut for me after being away from the sport for many years". Motorsport Week's suggestion to name one "Spottas" did not receive approval.

"It will be interesting to see how the Red Bull upgrade works, and I know some other people, Ferrari usually bring an upgrade for the first race, so it'll be interesting to see". It is all very new to me but we are free to fight.

"Hopefully it turns out to be better and easier this year".

Asked if Ferrari were in a better situation now than 12 months ago, the 31-year-old replied: "Yeah quite frankly because last year's winter testing didn't go well for us".

The new season boasts a host of driver changes throughout the grid and only two of the ten teams have relied upon last seasons drivers to deliver the goods.

Mercedes AMG F1 2019 Barcelona Pre Season Test 2 Day 4 – Steve Etherington
Mercedes AMG F1 2019 Barcelona Pre Season Test 2 Day 4 – Steve Etherington

"In this regard we are more prepared". And knowing where they can improve - it's really, really cool to see. "There's been many details we've been trying to improve".

Mercedes have admitted that they expect to be "pushed to their limits" by Ferrari this year after their Formula One rivals emerged from pre-season testing with the quickest auto.

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"We're free to race like every single year", Hamilton said. 'We had our weaknesses last year here and there and we obviously try to fix those and do much better this year. 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. "From what we have learned so far, this year will be even tougher", he added.

"After a test, you always improve the next day as the vehicle gets older and older throughout the test", he added.!It wears and then you go away, you analyse where you've been.

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