âI think this yearâs Australian Grand Prix is going to be an absolutely fascinating sporting contest.
âEven with stable regulations, Melbourne is usually unpredictable. This year, I donât think anybody knows quite what to expect â will we see more than half the field at the end of the race? Will we see good, close racing? Will the pecking order pan out as we expect? Those are all questions that weâve yet to see answered, and part of what makes for such a fun weekend.
âThe other element that I enjoy about this race is the atmosphere and vibe that you always get in Melbourne. Itâs a beautiful city, a place I always love visiting â in fact, I get there early enough to settle my body-clock and to do some training ahead of the grand prix â and the fans at the circuit are always passionate, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Itâs a great place to start what will hopefully be a fantastic year.
âIn terms of performance, while thereâs plenty of potential within MP4-29, we still think itâll take a little time to unlock that promise. Itâs not quite where weâd like it to be, so I donât think we go to Melbourne with a package that accurately reflects our progress with the car â itâll take a little longer for that to become apparent.
âIn general, this season is going to be all about continuous development. Our stated aim has always been to try and scoop up a useful haul of points from the opening races â by virtue of solid engineering and good reliability â and then to quickly refine and develop the package, and deliver further performance in due course.
âNonetheless, I do think the potential is there: MP4-29 has given us what last yearâs MP4-28 didnât â namely, a reliable and predictable platform upon which we can build and develop. In every respect, this yearâs car feels different to last yearâs, and that makes me excited â which is exactly as things should be as you head off for the first race of the year.â