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F1: 2019 Australian Grand Prix Preview

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Oh, and four adorable Dalmatian puppies.

Philip Morris last October made a public return to Formula One through its scientific research subsidiary Mission Winnow and branded Ferrari cars with the logo.

It is, perhaps, a more challenging task than piloting a Formula 1 vehicle around the streets of Melbourne's Albert Park, but for the remainder of the weekend that will be Valtteri Bottas' mission, as he seeks to bounce back from a 2018 campaign that was disappointing in the extreme. Another former F1 driver, Ralf Schumacher, says the "biggest mistake" made by Ferrari a year ago was not giving Vettel "everything he wanted".

"Usually over the first few races is when you really get an idea of where everyone stands".

"I didn't have that much experience in testing to make a full conclusion".

Leclerc, who joins Ferrari in just his second season in F1 after impressing for Sauber previous year, said: "I completely understand the decision". "We have a great pairing and I think the contribution Valtteri and I together, it's worked well for years and there's no reason to change it".

"I definitely only have one career and I don't want to be in the situation that after the season I should have done this or that". We got a bit lucky during the race weekend (in Melbourne) with the safety auto to grab the win. "There's been many details we've been trying to improve".

'This turn out means it's probably going to be a good weekend!' Vettel and his Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc also took part in the glitzy event before they and the rest of the teams swapped the stage for the track.

F1: 2019 Australian Grand Prix Preview

"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. "We're going to be kind of chasing".

"We're free to race like every single year", Hamilton said.

"This is going to be the toughest battle yet ... their pace is very good at the moment", the Briton said after suggesting in preseason testing that Ferrari could be as much as half a second ahead. 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.

"Naturally after a test, you always improve the next day as the auto gets older and older throughout the test".

The race also marks the unbelievable comeback of Poland's Robert Kubica, who eight years ago partially severed his right arm in an accident that many believed would never see him driving a vehicle again, let alone a Formula One machine. We got a bit lucky with the safety auto to grab the win. Even without any upgrades, just getting the vehicle nicer to drive, better balanced and more stable, there will be performance from that.

Ferrari unveiled the 90th-anniversary logo for Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Wednesday after ditching branding by a tobacco giant's subsidiary over a potential breach of cigarette advertising laws.

And if Mercedes does emerge at the head of the pack through the course of the year then could Bottas be top dog? Perhaps a little puppy love may well go a long way to proving his critics wrong...

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