Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel will begin his title defence this weekend in Melbourne, Australia.

Vettel will be keen to try and start the year with a win and while the signs are that Red Bull will again be right at the head of the pack, the German won't have it easy. Indeed team-mate Mark Webber will be determined to shine in front of his home fans, and while historically he hasn't done very well at Albert Park, could this be the year his luck changes?

Fernando Alonso will also be a real threat in his Ferrari and so too could Felipe Massa in the sister car, and while McLaren have had a pretty poor winter, it would be foolish to write off Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, the latter of course having won here twelve months ago.

Then there is Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, and with Mercedes having made progress at the final pre-season test, they should be right up there. Throw in a few wild cards, such as Nick Heidfeld at Lotus Renault GP, and it really is wide open ahead of the opener.

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