Mick Schumacher to make F1 test debut

Ruben Hill
March 26, 2019

"The first was "no" for Ferrari".

But Mercedes insist the shock results of the opening weekend have not set any kind of 2019 pattern yet - particularly with Bahrain next up this weekend.

Ferrari was unable to offer an explanation for its lack of pace in the immediate aftermath of the race, with Vettel revealing that the SF90 did not have the same feeling as during pre-season testing.

"We need to extract every bit of performance from our package and keep on working hard to improve the auto over the weekend to be competitive", concludes Wolff.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas faces a grilling from our young interviewer.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the Silver Arrows outfit hasn't changed its mindset since its victory in Melbourne, heading to Bahrain in the role of challenger relative to arch-rival Ferrari.

"I am thrilled that Ferrari has entered a partnership with me and my next future in motorsport will be in red", said Schumacher.

Sebastian Vettel qualified seven-tenths behind pole sitter Lewis Hamilton and managed only fourth in the race, nearly a minute down on victor Valtteri Bottas, as new team-mate Charles Leclerc obeyed an instruction to retain fifth. But for one, Melbourne is a circuit that is not a circuit because it is half city.

"In Bahrain, as a team, we will have to ensure that we have understood and rectified the areas where we were weak in Australia, which therefore meant we were unable to fully exploit our car's potential", said Binotto.

He added: "I feel honoured to be compared to him because I just learn and try to improve".

"They have an advantage over the competition that the others aim to fill, but we let the Ferrari work".

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