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Australian GP | From bushfires to Coronavirus: the drivers face the media

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) and Nicholas Latifi (Williams) update everyone on how they prepared for Melbourne and what they expect from the Australian GP.

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Australian GP | From bushfires to Coronavirus: the drivers face the media
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Here we are again, the official F1 season has started right today with the usual drivers press conference in an unusual situation.https://motorlat.com/notas/f1/14890/vietnam-gp-set-to-be-postponed-f1-team-personnel-tested-for-coronavirus#

We all know about the fear of the Coronavirus spreading especially for people who travel a lot but we are going to move on and look ahead and focus on what we love: racing.


The first question of 2020 is for all of the drivers on how they prepared during the winter break. Ricciardo answers saying that he had followed the best preparation possible and he feels ready to come back to some “track action”. Talking about testing, he said that on the last day he felt more confident and could express better the new car. Moreover, he could see some on-board videos on himself to understand better how he reacted during his driving.

Meanwhile for Ricciardo this is his 10th year in Formula 1 and the 14th for Hamilton, for Nicholas Latifi this is the first year as official driver.

The rookie, though, feels calm. Latifi, in fact, declared that he already took part in pre-seasonal testing for Williams even though he was not testing his own car, and this year looks like the normal continuation of his career.

Sebastian Vettel opened up about Ferrari’s inconclusive performances in testing, saying that every testing is inconclusive for everyone and SF1000 is doing what they expected it to do.

Lewis Hamilton, on the other hand, talked about the Australian fires. When arrived, he first went to the Blue Mountain to see in person what happened and was very proud of volunteers for what they did. Ricciardo said he was at home during that difficult time of  what he highlights to be “my” country, even if his home is Perth, very far from the bushes.

Coming back to the on-track action Hamilton declared that he was pretty content about testing for the guys at Mercedes, who kept working so hard and that he really hopes to start with the right foot.

We did some talking, now it’s finally time to let the track speak about the brand new season to wash away every doubt and insecurities.

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