F1 season heats up one week from Melbourne

Amid all the controversy in the pre-season this promises to be one of the most exiting seasons in a long time.

One week from the beginning of the 2015 season, all the teams are working hard. Between Alonsos accident in Barcelona, financial problems in Marucia and Catherham, the surprising pace of the Mercedes´cars and the controversy about Honda-Mclaren and the German Grand Prix posibly not being run this year,  this promises to be one of the most exiting seasons in a long time.

Here some of the hightlights

ARRIVABENE: WE HAVE THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF DRIVERS

Maurizio Arrivabene enters his first season as Ferrari team principal convinced that in Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen he has the ideal driver pairing to work with, and despite their different personalities he believes they will deliver when it matters for the team

“They are two different characters,” Arrivabene told media. “Kimi the kind of person who doesn’t like to talk about stupid things; he likes to talk serious.

WILLIAMS: HEADING TO MELBOURNE IN A POSITIVE FRAME OF MIND

Williams has won in Australia once, back in 1996, and after a very promising 2014 campaign the team will be looking to make a strong start to the season and signal its intent once again.

Rob Smedley: “On the back of what has been a really good winter test where we met all of our objectives we are heading to Melbourne in a really positive frame of mind. Melbourne is always a really interesting race as there are so many unknowns".

Valtteri Bottas: “A new season and the first time we see where everyone is competitively. The weekend will be interesting but also important as we have to be able to have a strong start and make sure we gain the most from the weekend, especially as other teams improve".

Felipe Massa: “Being the first race, Australia is important and normally holds a few surprises. All of the hard work over the winter gets its first rewards here, but it can also show a sign of how much work is still to be done".

FERRARI TO USE CONSERVATIVE ENGINE IN MELBOURNE

Ferrari is reportedly travelling to the Formula 1 season opener in Australia with a few less horse power in their power units than expected.

The Italian team was arguably the surprise of the 2015 Formula 1 pre-season, with much of its improved pace credited to a much better turbo V6 ‘power unit’.

But the authoritative La Gazzetta dello Sport reveals that Ferrari ultimately decided to take a “more conservative” version of its 2015 engine to Melbourne.

VILLENEUVE RELISHES PROSPECT OF MERCEDES TEAMMATES BATTLE

There is at least one seasoned observer who sees the bright side of what looks to be an overwhelming  advantage held by Mercedes ahead of the 2015 Formula 1 season.

It is Jacques Villeneuve, who is quoted by Italian publications as saying the German marque’s advantage of 2014 was too big for its rivals to track down in just a single winter.

So he is happy, therefore, that the gap between Mercedes and its chasers Williams, Ferrari and Red Bull remains apparently large.

“The best battles in F1 were between teammates,” Villeneuve is quoted by Tuttosport. “Like Prost and Senna.


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