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Thursday in Oz. One final day of talking before we unleash the beasts around Albert Park for Free Practice.

Lewis: I see Ferrari being the quickest at the moment

Media Day is always a busy one ahead of the season-opener. Interview after interview with the world's major broadcasters and publications for drivers and team management alike, with Lewis and Valtteri both also lined up for the tweaked double-header format FIA Press Conference.

Lewis was first to face the international press, with Ferrari's testing pace the big talking point of the day.

 "I see Ferrari being the quickest at the moment and I think they will definitely be the favourites but we'll find out more going into the weekend," said Lewis.

"Sebastian's usually a lot more hype and I can tell he's trying to keep a lid on it. But their pace was obviously great in testing."

The three-time World Champion isn't underestimating the challenge of Red Bull either...

Media Day is always a busy one ahead of the season-opener

The three-time World Champion isn't underestimating the challenge of Red Bull either...

Lewis: We're here to win

"I'm very keen to see what Red Bull bring because they were quite far behind through testing, at least compared to Ferrari, and we didn't see them bring many upgrades - or an upgrades, as far as I could see," he added.

"So, I'm assuming they're bringing something here. I'm excited to see what they do bring."

But, as has been the theme all winter, the team's focus is 100 per cent on its own targets.

"As far as I know, no team has won back-to-back through rule regulation changes, so that is our goal as a team", Lewis continued.

"We're here to win. We're here to do something no-one else has done. Whether or not we're in the right place at this moment in the season, we'll find out. But I have every belief in my team that we can do that."

Valtteri: We need to see where we are standing against all the other teams

Ahead of his first race weekend with the Silver Arrows, Valtteri was a man in demand with the media on Thursday.

"We need to see where we are standing against all the other teams," said Valtteri. "It's a completely new season, a new era of Formula One, a new team for me but that's always the ultimate target.

"I feel in a good place and definitely it's some kind of dream coming true, being part of a team like this that has pretty much dominated the last three years in Formula One. I feel very happy but just keen to get going.

"I always set my targets very high so from the first race, this race onwards, immediately, I want to perform where the car can be.

Valtteri was a man in demand with the media on Thursday

It's been a rollercoaster few months for the Finn

Valtteri: I want to start at a very high level

"That is my target. Of course, I always go day by day and step by step. But I want to start at a very high level and keep getting better from that."

It's been a rollercoaster few months for the Finn since signing with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in January but he's already settling in nicely.

"Every single time I was stepping into the car and out of the car in testing, I felt like I'd made progress - and between the two tests as well," said Valtteri.

"As always, it requires a lot of work, a lot of time in the car and a lot of effort. I'm sure things will just get better and I will feel more and more comfortable every single day of the race weekend and every single race. But I feel that I'm ready to race, I'm ready to bring the car to where it should be, where the pace of the car and the limit of the car is. I feel comfortable with that."

Time to get out there and see what's what, then. Bring it on...

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