Lewis Hamilton lapped up the adulation of the Melbourne crowd as System One’s stars gathered for the launch social gathering forward of the brand new season.
The British driver is as soon as once more the person to beat after he picked up an unbelievable fifth world championship final season.
This yr’s marketing campaign kicks off in Australia on Sunday and forward of the race, Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Co got here collectively to fulfill their adoring followers.
Lewis Hamilton laps up the adulation of F1 supporters on the launch occasion in Melbourne
The British star waves to the group as he speaks forward of the beginning of the brand new marketing campaign
1000’s of supporters gathered to greet all 20 drivers and their bosses in Melbourne
All 20 drivers and their group bosses had been met by 1000’s of supporters on the inaugural season launch occasion in Federation Sq. on Wednesday.
Mercedes stars Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas got here on stage with group chief Toto Wolf, with the British driver snapped taking footage of the supporters gathered in Melbourne.
‘I wasn’t anticipating to see so many individuals right here,’ stated a shocked Hamilton. ‘This prove means it is in all probability going to be a very good weekend!’
Vettel and his Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc additionally took half within the glitzy occasion earlier than they and the remainder of the groups swapped the stage for the observe.
Hamilton fist bumps his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the course of the launch occasion
Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel (L) and Charles Leclerc (R) deal with the group
Vettel and the remainder of the drivers then took a stroll across the observe at Albert Park in Melbourne
The drivers took a stroll across the circuit at Albert Park, the place they are going to kick off their title bids on Sunday.
Vettel and Ferrari want to bounce again from a disappointing season final yr and the German stated they’re hoping to ‘flip the web page’.
‘For certain it is a new problem,’ stated Vettel. ‘We had our weaknesses final yr right here and there and we clearly attempt to repair these and do a lot better this yr.
‘Up to now, the spirit is true, the group is on observe, the automobile feels good so let’s have a look at how we begin the yr.’
Pink Bull pair Max Verstappen (R) and Pierre Gasly (L) deal with the group with Christian Horner
Roman Grosjean of Haas takes a trip across the circuit forward of this season’s opening race
Williams’ Robert Kubica (centre) familiarises himself with the observe earlier than his superb return
Hamilton, in the meantime, is braced for a scrap.
‘That is going to be the hardest battle but,’ he claimed.
‘We have the very best group round us. We’ve expertise, it is no coincidence that we’re world champions so now we have to be diligent and keep balanced.’
He added: ‘However as a driver for certain I’ve to determine how can I pull extra out, which I haven’t got the present reply for.’
Members of the Alfa Romeo group look relaxed as they take pleasure in a stroll across the observe
Serio Perez of Racing Level (left) soaks up his environment forward of the brand new season