New F1 regulations 'what doctor ordered' says Mercedes boss

Daniel Ricciardo is ready for the 2017 F1 season

"We're very pleased with the pre-sales. we're up in corporate, we're up in grandstand and we're up in general admission", Westacott said. They will also look fast, sporting a meaner, more aggressive appearance with wider, more swept-back bodywork and fatter tyres.

German Rosberg thwarted Hamilton's bid for a third successive title and the pair's heated rivalry took its toll on both drivers. "If anyone could win just one race, they would always say their home (race)", he said.

He said: "We have tackled with determination the challenge of the new regulations".

Hisense Australia head of marketing, Andre Iannuzzi said that the brand's ongoing relationship with the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix and Red Bull Racing Team, is consonant with the user experience Hisense aims to deliver with their range of televisions.

Nico Rosberg vacated his Mercedes seat in a shock retirement from the sport shortly after winning the drivers' world championship but his old team mate and three-times champion Lewis Hamilton stands poised to take the title back. It provides opportunities as well as risks for every team on the grid.

Significant changes to the cars are already pointing towards this being the fastest season yet.




Currently, the consensus is that Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull will have the fastest cars on the grid (probably in that order), with tier 2 teams such as Williams, Force India, Renault, Haas and Toro Rosso trying to close the gap.

The 2017 season marks the start of a new era for F1 - with faster cars.

Wolff however, will not rest of his laurels with margins at the front of the field shrinking and the uncertainty of fuel loads, weights and power settings of rival cars. Ricciardo has won four races from 109 Global Positioning System, but he said a win in Australia would top them all.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who has won four world drivers' titles, thinks 16 to 20 would be enough. Ricciardo is seeking to become the first domestic driver to win the Australian race since it became part of the world championship calendar in 1985.

Ferrari's strong performance during winter testing has added to expectations that the sport is in for a shake-up, even as F1's new American managers seek to rejuvenate a series plagued by inertia. Hamilton and Mercedes dominated the last three seasons, and Red Bull was dominant for the four seasons before that.

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