Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull are pleased to discover their car is more competitive than they expected having been the third-fastest team on Friday.
F1 team principals believe fans will quickly adjust to the sound of the new Formula One engines.
Mercedes took up their expected position at the top of the timing sheets in the second practice session with Lewis Hamilton setting fastest time.
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Fernando Alonso ended the first practice session of 2014 quickest for Ferrari as several of his rivals failed to set times at all.
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The teams will be anxious for as much dry running as possible in Melbourne but the weather will change during the race weekend and could bring rain.
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Sebastian Vettel says Fernando Alonso’s performance in 2012 gives him cause to believe his title chances aren’t over before the new championship has begun.
Fernando Alonso has welcomed the changes to the qualifying rules which will see drivers allocated an extra set of the ‘option’ tyre compound after Q2.
Lewis Hamilton says he preferred the feel of driving last year’s Mercedes compared to his current car – and added the sound of the 2014 engines is “less impressive”.
F1 drivers expect Mercedes to be the team to beat in the first race of the season in Melbourne.
McLaren have revealed the colour scheme they will use for the first race weekend of the season in Australia, having used an interim livery during testing.
Mercedes believe the first race of the season will not see as many retirements as first expected.
Formula One draws a deep, collective breath and plunges into a season-opening weekend overflowing with unknowns and uncertainties.
Lotus say they aren’t sure how competitive their car is because they’ve done so little running – and would be satisfied just to finish the first race of the year.
Romain Grosjean says he is still getting to grips with the complex new systems involved in driving the new generation of F1 cars.
Lotus face a “tough start” to the 2014 season, team chairman Gerard Lopez admitted ahead of the first race of the year.
Ensuring cars run reliably will be more difficult at races than at tests because teams cannot work on them for as long, says Ferrari technical director Pat Fry.