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Vettel says Ferrari feeling good as new Formula One season launches

AFP  |  Melbourne 

said Wednesday that have "tried to turn the page" after being dominated by Mercedes in 2018 and their new car "feels good" ahead of the season-opening

The German four-time world champion was speaking as the new season officially launched with all 20 drivers taking part in a first-of-its-kind public meet-and-greet with fans in the heart of

"For the whole team we have tried to turn the page," Vettel told the thousands of fans who turned up for a glimpse of their heroes in the city's

"We had some weaknesses here and there last year and we have tried to fix those and do much better," he added after the drivers arrived by boat on the Yarra River, signed autographs and posed for pictures with the event live streamed on Formula One's

"The team is on track and the car feels good," he said of his Ferrari, which was fastest in pre-season testing and is the bookmakers' favourite going into Sunday's race. Sports-mad has hosted the season-opening Grand Prix every year, bar two, since 1996.

"I love it here. There's a great and it gets better through the week," said Mercedes' five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who was beaten by Vettel to the chequered flag at the Albert Park circuit last year.

After losing out to the German again in the second race of the season in Bahrain, the Englishman roared back to sweep to the 2018 drivers' championship by winning 11 of the remaining 19 grands prix.

The 2019 calendar features a gruelling 21 races, with the sport celebrating its 1,000th Grand Prix later in the year in

The new launch event was a chance to interact with fans, said Formula One's

"The passion, knowledge and enthusiasm of the crowd deserved a special thanks and this is why we decided to organise the first-ever season launch event in the history of the sport," he said.

"It's vital that we put them at the heart of everything we do, and this event provides us with a platform to engage with fans not just locally but also globally.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 20:05 IST