Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc are 'free to race'

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Oh, and four adorable Dalmatian puppies.

The Formula One circus has made its way Down Under for the start of the new season with final preparations underway at Melbourne's Albert Park.

With 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen having switched to Alfa Romeo, the team formerly known as Sauber, Vettel's new partnership with highly-rated Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc will be under scrutiny. 'So far, the spirit is right, the team is on track, the auto feels good so let's see how we start the year.' Hamilton, meanwhile, is braced for a scrap. Motorsport Week's suggestion to name one "Spottas" did not receive approval.

He said: "We're free to race like every single year so that was even said at the beginning of... back at the factory and it's repeated today and that's how I like it". It's not going to be easy, I have a lot to learn.

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"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".

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"In terms of the team, we've got so many incredible people within the team, and the energy.it's inspiring to see so many people so pumped, pulling together".

"There's a lake there, there are ovals there and buildings, so we're talking about subtle adjustments that can improve the racing. There's been many details we've been trying to improve". We have work to do.

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"We're still quite unsure about how Red Bull will be", said Bottas.

"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. "We think they're going to be strong because Honda looks strong now as well and they've always had a good vehicle. Hopefully we will have a strong package that carries us all the way to fight for it". It's a massively long season, and always with some regulation changes like this year is going to be a lot about how much you can improve the vehicle, because the cars in Abu Dhabi are going to be so much quicker than this weekend. So whoever is quickest this weekend, it doesn't really matter as long as it's close.

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.

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