Vettel: To the highway in Melbourne need to find an approachMarch 12, 2019
The 70th season in the history of Formula 1 starts in Melbourne – according to the tradition, which since 1996 was broken only twice. Ferrari drivers won in Australia 9 times – for the first time Gerhard Berger succeeded in 1987, and the most recent similar achievement on the account of Sebastian Vettel, who won the race in Albert Park last year. Of course, the team from Maranello would like to continue the series of these victories.
Sebastian Vettel “In my opinion, Melbourne is the perfect place to start the championship. There is a festive atmosphere, and people are pleasant and hospitable. But the track itself is very unusual, and an approach must be found to it: we must remember the trajectories exactly, and the braking points are not always easy to determine. In addition, the coating there is usually uneven.
But racers like it, and if we were asked if we want to replace the asphalt, the answer would probably be negative, because the coating features make the ring in Albert Park unique.
I have a lot of great memories about this track. Of course, the best are dated by the two previous seasons, because I both won there victories, but I also remember well the podium of 2015 – I went up to him in my debut race for Scuderia. “
Charles Leclaire “Of course, I am waiting for a special race, because this is my debut in the Ferrari, which will make the upcoming Australian Grand Prix in its own way unique. I already have fond memories of Melbourne – it was there that last year I spent my first race in Formula 1.
Recent tests have gone well, and now I want to quickly start working on the track, because only during the race weekend – if we show a good result – we can get a reward for all the work that was done in the winter.
The route is unusual: it is urban, but according to its characteristics it is closer to the stationary one – there are wide areas of departure, and the speeds are quite high. It is always pleasant to come to Melbourne, as the city is very interesting, and the people living in it. It is felt that in Australia is a different culture, and the atmosphere in which the weekend takes place is very pleasant. ”
Mattia Binotto, Technical Director and Team Leader: “The race with which the season starts is always important, and this year all the more, because in 2019 the Ferrari team celebrates its 90th anniversary. We are very pleased that in the composition of the two such excellent riders as Sebastian and Charles.
After the winter tests, the whole team wants to quickly start work on the track, to compete with very strong rivals – we know that. Ahead is the first stage of a long season, and our task is to bring difficulties to the opponents who overcame us last year.
We are waiting for a difficult season, and it is important to start it well, although we understand that all the Grand Prix are equally important. The championship ends in December, and every point earned can be very valuable. ”
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