Ferrari`s drivers have praised the improvements the team have made after a solid winter of testing and encouraging display in Australia with new recruit Sebastian Vettel claiming he is much happier with the car than he was with last year`s Red Bull.
Valtteri Bottas is confident his back has fully healed and he will be fit for the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend after the Finn missed the season-opening race in Australia despite qualifying sixth fastest in his Williams.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff said that rival teams who are "moaning" about his team's commanding success should put their heads down and work harder following the Silver Arrows' domination at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix here on Sunday.
A yawning 34 seconds might have separated third-placed Sebastian Vettel from Australian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton on Sunday but the podium spot felt like a victory for the four-times world champion on his Ferrari debut.
A podium appearance by Hollywood strong-man Arnold Schwarzenegger seemed a suitable conclusion for a farcical Sunday at the Australian Grand Prix, where only 11 cars finished and Mercedes` dominance was almost embarrassing for the team`s drivers.
Max Verstappen may be set to become Formula One`s youngest ever racer when he eases into his Toro Rosso at Sunday`s Australian Grand Prix, but advice from his rivals was in short supply three days before the 17-year-old`s debut.
Sebastian Vettel is convinced Ferrari have a better car than the one that stuttered through a winless season last year but has played down his team`s chances of upsetting Mercedes at Sunday`s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.