“Melbourne is a great place to kick off the new Formula One season” says Nico ahead of the race this weekend. I really like the city and the Australian fans at the circuit are always fantastic and so supportive.
"The first Grand Prix is where everyone finds out where they really are and we can judge how well we have done against our competition as the times in winter testing just don't tell the full story.
The weather in Melbourne looks very hot at the moment which is going to be a tough challenge as we have no experience with the F1 W04 in those conditions. Tyre degradation will be the biggest issue for everyone so we need to look at that carefully and do a good job in managing it. I'm really looking forward to next weekend and getting the season underway.”