The long winter is finished. Formula 1 20-19 is finally here. With new drivers and recognizable rivalries, the season gets under way at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.
What can fans expect from the opener?
Fresh ideas, lots of new faces along with some older ones in different places, too.
Race week begins early this season since Australia hosts the Formula 1 season launching event on Wednesday. Featuring all 20 drivers along with their team flaws at Melbourne’s Federation Square, you’ll be able to get a brand new atmosphere.
Once the activity gets under way, just how far will teams push their shiny new cars around the Albert Park circuit today an excess point is available for your driver that sets fastest lap in the grandprix? Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo clocked one minute 25.945 seconds at a year’s race. Could the Aussie repeat the achievement on home land for new employer Renault?
Else where, Sebastian Vettel will feel all eyes have been on him after Ferrari’s impressive showing throughout pre season testing in Barcelona. From the look for world-championship number five along with his very first title for the Scuderia, the German needs to compete with the juggernaut that’s Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, but in addition Monegasque hot shot and former Sauber driver Charles Leclerc as his own newest team mate.
Valtteri Bottas will likely be hoping for a huge season. The Finn crashed out in qualifying 12 weeks past and stopped 2018 without a win to his name. With Esteban Ocon in the wings as Mercedes’ reserve driver, a sound start at Albert Park is critical. Let us only hope for Bottas’ fascination Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles doesn’t make yet another appearance within the group tv any moment in the future…
Expect to hear the word’newcomer’ multiple times in Melbourne since George Russell (Williams), Lando Norris (McLaren), Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso) and Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) start their first full seasons in F1.
Russell could be the reigning Formula two winner, but later Williams’ poor start to 20-19 – they ended base of this conducting in analyzing, and chief technical officer Paddy Lowe left – you will find questions over whether the British ensemble could fit the 21-year-old’s potential.
For every newbie on the grid, there’s a’veteran’ who has seen all of it. Alfa Romeo have drivers at the ends of this spectrum with Kimi Raikkonen re joining the team he made his debut for albeit then known as Sauber – in Melbourne in 2001.
How do I pass the time until it starts?
There are just two f-1 tv treats to relish from the buildup for this weekend. On BBC iPlayer, documentary Williams: Formula 1 in the Blood can be found to see until Tuesday, 19 March. It provides audiences an in-depth insight in to the life and career of one of F1’s most famous names, Sir Frank Williams.
On Netflix, the re lease of Formula 1: Drive to Survive – a behind the scenes go through the 2018 season – includes racing fans analysing and minding the very first ten episodes of show one. In the absence of Mercedes and Ferrari (just eight teams let Netflix exclusive access), Haas team chief Guenther Steiner appears as a star of this paddock.
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An extra powerful neck is required for 2019
When among the very popular drivers in the grid is authorized as the team mate to your brand new season, a bog-standard training regime will no longer do.
With Ricciardo linking Renault from RedBull, Nico Hulkenberg donned this medieval-like, Heavy Weight helmet while coaching at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France.
Over at McLaren, Norris – at 19, the youngest driver in the line-up in 2013 – appeared to be a bull lassoed on a ranch because he along with his trainer put the hours in to beef up his teenage physique.
Or maybe the Briton is trying to emulate the American martial artist and actor who shares his surname? If you type the phrase:”Can Be Lando Norris…” to Google, the top answer came back is your brightly foolish”. . .related into Chuck Norris?”
F 1 vacation record – what did everyone get up to?
Well, if you’re Hamilton, you gave the Mercedes team repeats sleepless nights.
Not content with a very simple jet ski ride in a gorgeous ocean or sunbathing on a tropical island, the five-time world winner opened up his bucket list and marked that a giant tick next to’Get skydiving licence’.
To get Raikkonen, a snowy trek from the Alps followed closely by a pointed-finger selfie facing of one of the planet’s most iconic hills was a highlight for his eponymous Insta-gram fanbase.
Bottas, meanwhile, went to some style makeover and climbed…a blossom.
Maybe not exactly in precisely the same league since 1970s Austrian driver Harald Ertl – a guy who had a bushy beard and handlebar moustache before today’s millennial hipsters have been born – Bottas has gone subtly stubbly within a try to locate that killer border in 20-19.
How do I follow with the Australian Grand Prix around the BBC?
Anticipate to pull a handful overnighters this weekend track action in Melbourne starts at the eye-watering period of 01:00 GMT on Friday for first clinic.
Live radio commentary of qualifying and practice on Friday and Saturday will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, while race-day build-up on Sunday begins at 04:30 GMT on BBC Radio 5 Live, before lights out and full commentary at 05:10 GMT.
You could also pay attention to all three days over the BBC Seems app, via the BBC Sport website and cellular sport app.
BBC F1’s internet text comment will probably likely be ready to go early doors to bring fans the latest news, expert investigation, debate, interviews and a reaction to whatever might happen at Albert Park. Become involved employing the hashtag #bbcf1 on Twitter to own your own state.
The 5 Live Formula 1 team of Jack Nicholls, Jennie Gow and former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer share the intricacies of this new season in the Australian Grand Prix preview and review podcaststhat might be readily available to download and keep.
All times GMT and therefore so are susceptible to change at short note.
|Australian Grand Prix coverage details|
|Date||Session||Time||Radio policy||Online text comment|
|Thursday, 14 March||Preview||21:00-22:00||BBC Radio 5 Live|
|Friday, 15 March||First practice||00:55-02:35||BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra||Out Of 00:30|
|2nd clinic||04:55-06:35||BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra||Out Of 04:30|
|Saturday, 16 March||Third clinic||02:55-04:05||BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra||By 02:30|
|Qualifying||05:55-07:05||BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra||By 05:30|
|Sunday, 17 March||Hurry||04:30-07:00||BBC Radio 5 Live||Out Of 03:40|
|Monday, 18 March||Inspection||04:30-05:00||BBC Radio 5 Live|
|F1 podcast: Australian Grand Prix inspection||Download here|