Car by car: this is how the teams arrive at the Australian Grand Prix

Ferrari departs with theoretical advantage although Mercedes hid in the tests. Red Bull and Honda, in harmony so far, and McLaren progressing.


The paddock is still full of boxes and containers, taking shape, but the pilots are arriving at the Albert Park circuit, where this Sunday the first race of 2019 is held. After three months of work in the factory with a small showcase of two In the preseason tests, , the ten teams arrived at the GP of Australia.

Mercedes W10: Hamilton and Bottas

Pre-season with questions because when they rolled in Barcelona they did it hiding their performance, using hard tires and loading their car with gasoline. His fastest lap, Hamilton, was three tenths of Vettel's, although it did not improve the one that gave him the pole in Spain 2018. It seems that they conceal something, although from the team they point to Ferrari as a favorite for the first races.

Ferrari SF90: Vettel and Leclerc

Everything flows in Maranello, with very good faces without Arrivabene in front. Binotto rejects favoritism but the serious tests of his SF90 in Montmeló place them ahead, at least in theory, against this GP of Australia. Vettel is the reference and "the priority" of the team, although Leclerc points very high from the first kilometers of 2019. Its reliability was not brilliant in the preseason, with an accident due to mechanical failure and several red flags more related to electronics.

Red Bull RB15: Verstappen and Gasly

There were no serious breaks in the Honda engine and its performance seems in line with the energy car. Helmut Marko says that they have advanced to Australia the improvements that were expected for China, although with the Japanese propeller it is always more convenient to evaluate it on the track. They no longer have the best pair of riders, Ricciardo left, but Verstappen is called to fight for the victories. Gasly has to show results from the start after causing two accidents in Barcelona that destroyed the car.

Renault RS19: Ricciardo and Hulkenberg

Gran single-seater, stable on the track, to 'stabilize' also the French firm in the fourth position of the grill, maybe closer to Red Bull than they were a year ago. That would allow them to fight for podiums occasionally and have two riders ready. With Ricciardo they sign one of the most sought-after of the current grid and Hulkenberg is the second ideal for any team.

Haas VF19: Grosjean and Magnussen

Many point to them as the cover of this season start, something they already corroborated in Australia 2018 until that the pneumatic gun left them without points because they did not fix the wheels properly. As a private team, its best version should be the first months, but the capacity for evolution should be more limited. His link with Ferrari is no longer so great by the entry of Alfa Romeo. The pilots also have high hopes: both have talent, but both have made mistakes in the past. One of driving and the other of aggressiveness, respectively.

McLaren MCL34: Sainz and Norris

A young team with even younger drivers who think more about rebuilding than to achieve results this season, although if they come they will not reject them. The car, MCL34, has had a correct pre-season that improves seen in Woking recently, although its problems of stability, especially in slow corners, and some failure of reliability related to the exhausts and the engine have clouded a little the first set. He can aspire to be fifth or sixth on the grid.

Racing Point RP19: Perez and Stroll

In Canadian capital but the team's base is the same that has already led Force India to the podium on several occasions. With little budget do much and this year their funds are larger, although in Barcelona came short of spare parts and their filming was very limited. The Mexican wants to continue aspiring to those random podiums that sometimes gets the F1-B and the Canadian, take a leap of quality outside Williams.

Alfa Romeo C38: Raikkonen and Giovinazzi

An interesting concept in its front wing, even more groundbreaking than the employee by Ferrari, and a project that can take Sauber up, although with so much fighting in the middle zone a few hundredths can make the same car go from being fifth to eighth. It is not the most stable, although one lap and with medium rubber bands the impression was good. Kimi is still active and exercising, Giovinazzi debuts in a full season.

Toro Rosso STR13: Kvyat and Albon

The STR13 looks like a car with a correct development, very close to Red Bull thanks to several technical synergies. A a lap left very good feelings in Barcelona, in fact they lavished more than the first team with great records even of the debutant, Albon. Kvyat returns as prodigal son due to the shortage of spare parts in thepilot program, although the Russian, 24, is young and has potential.

Williams FW42: Kubica and Russell

Complicated situation, the first objective will be to pass the 107% cut in the classification this Saturday after arriving late to the test, although it seems that the worst has already happened. Inside the FW42 a debutante, Russell, whom Mercedes has been looking after for years, and a sports star, Kubica, back eight years later, but with a car that for now seems doomed to carry the red lantern.



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