The 70th Formula 1 World Championship season is about to get underway at Australia’s Albert Park circuit, which has already hosted the first race of the year 21 times. The race on Sunday 17 March will be the 35th Australian Grand Prix, the 24th held in Melbourne, which became the venue after Adelaide had been the host city from 1985 to 1995.
Sebastian Vettel: “I feel Melbourne is the perfect place to start the championship. There’s an enjoyable atmosphere and the people are nice and welcoming. However, the circuit itself is very unusual and you have to get attuned to the track: you have to remember the lines precisely and it’s not always easy to spot the breaking point and, on top of that, the track surface is usually bumpy. But we drivers like it and if we were asked if we wanted it resurfaced, we would probably say no, because that’s what makes it unique. I’ve got great memories of this track. Of course, the best are those from the past two seasons, as we won both times, but I also have fond memories of my first podium with Ferrari in 2015 here, on my debut with the Scuderia.” – the German driver said, as reported by the Maranello team’s official website.
Seb started both his 2017 and 2018 championship challenges with victory in Melbourne and following a strong winter test for Scuderia Ferrari will look to do the same in 2019. At the same time, this weekend’s race marks the start of Sebastian Vettel’s fifth year with Scuderia Ferrari as the German pursues an elusive fifth title. If he achieves that feat in 2019 he will emulate his hero Michael Schumacher in winning his first title for Ferrari in his fifth season in red.