After four months of waiting, we're finally here. This is the one we've been counting down to since Mark Webber's victory in Brazil in November. The season is about to start, and it looks like it's going to be a good one. And what a venue we kick 2012 off at. The traditional home of the first race is Melbourne, and thank God we begin here again. It just seems right that Australia is the first race, such is the brilliant atmosphere and feel for this track. It's also a brilliant track, with lots of fast corners and there isn't really a track like it on the whole calendar. You can read my track guide here.
|Vettel was the Melbourne master in 2011|
So, Melbourne is our first chance to see if the 2012 season is going to be as close as it looks. Red Bull will certainly be the favourites for the race, particularly as Sebastian Vettel has being on pole position in the last two races here. Home hero Mark Webber will be looking to end his bad run here, and begin his charge against his team mate. McLaren will be pretty confident, and with Jenson Button, who has won this race twice, and Lewis Hamilton, who has one here once, they have good experience of this circuit. Lotus will be hoping that their brilliant pre-season testing form can be carried on into the race, as will Mercedes, who have a buzz about them right now, as they prepare for the season which will hopefully propel them into the top tier of teams. And of course, Ferrari. Surely the team under the most pressure right now, its time to see if they are in just as much trouble as it looks.
Here we go then, F1 2012 is go, and what a place to start.
The season starts in Melbourne, and keep with my blog for all the news and reaction from the first Grand Prix of the season.