Ferrari in better shape than 2018: Vettel

14 Mars, 2019, 09:37 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Sebastian Vettel has said that he feels the "spirit is right" at Ferrari after some big changes were made to the team over the winter period before testing last month.

"I hope that this year we get to have a lot of fun".

"Judging from the performance in Barcelona, it looks like we will have a proper fight on our hands", Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said to BBC.

Aussie favourite Daniel Ricciardo announced previous year that he was joining Renault for the 2019 season, and he partners Nico Hulkenburg who will hope to prove his pace beside his new teammate.

The Italian outfit parted company with former team principal Maurizio Arrivabene in late 2018 after four years of service, promoting technical director Mattia Binotto to succeed him as Ferrari boss.

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'm very relaxed too, only I want to get back on track finally", Leclerc said.

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New team-mate Leclerc mirrored Vettel's thoughts on Ferrari's expectations, with the Monegasque curious to see if its pace in testing will transfer to qualifying on Saturday.

Max Verstappen, who at 17 was the youngest driver ever to start a race, is now a 21-year-old "veteran" in his fifth season and the main man at Red Bull, who also have 23-year-old Frenchman Pierre Gasly racing for them.

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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.

Red Bull, who have switched to Honda power, are thought to be in close proximity to Mercedes while Alfa Romeo and Haas may well challenge Renault to be the "best of the rest".

At a bumpy street circuit where overtaking has been hard, F1 bosses will hope the introduction of new rules can inject spice.

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 auto, because the cars in Abu Dhabi are going to be so much quicker than this weekend.

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