The 2012 Formula 1 season gets underway this weekend as the Australian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday with many teams and drivers hoping to get the campaign off to a positive start, as Betfred announce a cracking free bet offer to claim on the opening race. (see below).
Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel are the duo to beat once again as they search for their third consecutive titles, but McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will be looking to hit the ground running.
Then, Ferrari – more specifically Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa – are looking to avoid the slow start that cost them last season. If they are to be competitive this year, they need to start strongly in Melbourne on Sunday.
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Vettel’s Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber will also be looking for a priceless victory in his home Grand Prix having gone the whole of 2011 without a win. The Australian completes the top six leading contenders for the opening race of 2012.
Ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix, there has already been a war of words between Red Bull’s Christian Horner and the much discussed Hamilton.
Responding to Horner’s claims that Button is Red Bull’s biggest threat this year, Hamilton said: “It’s the first time I’ve heard of the remarks but they definitely don’t wind me up.”
“There are a lot of opinions, and everybody has their right to an opinion, but it doesn’t really affect me. It doesn’t really matter at the end of the day when I go out and do the job.”
Speaking of Hamilton, he had a 2011 to forget of course and he will be hoping that 2012 can be a more positive year for him, starting with a podium finish at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Looking back to last year’s opening race, it was Vettel that secured victory and a similar outcome on Sunday might have people wondering whether 2012 is going to be the German’s year once again.
It should be an extremely competitive race though – with Kimi Raikkonen’s return to watch out for – as it gets underway in the early hours of Sunday morning.