Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton & Fernando Alonso in Australia Drivers' Conference
Hear from six drivers on Thursday morning at 4am on Sky F1
By Sky Sports Online. Last Updated: 12/03/14 6:09pm
The three men who many regard as the best on the F1 grid - Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton - will headline the first Drivers' Press Conference of the year, live on Sky Sports F1, ahead of the Australian GP on Thursday morning.
With F1 getting back to racing business this weekend in Melbourne after a three-and-a-half month hiatus, the presence of quadruple World Champion Vettel, Ferrari star Alonso and 2014 favourite Hamilton will ensure plenty of soundbites and title talk as the build up to Sunday's big race continues.
They will be joined by three drivers for who the season-opener marks debuts in one form or another: Daniel Ricciardo and Felipe Massa for Red Bull and Williams respectively, and to F1 itself for McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen.
Another man making a first race weekend appearance for McLaren in Australia is their new Racing Director Eric Boullier and the former Lotus chief will face the international media for the first time since his winter switch in Friday's Team Principals' Press Conference.
The two teams who arguably enjoyed the strongest pre-seasons, Mercedes and Williams, are also represented in the shape of Toto Wolff and Claire Williams, while the winter travails - and timeframe for a recovery - of Red Bull are set to be examined thanks to the presence of Christian Horner and Remi Taffin from engine suppliers Renault. Ferrari chief Stefano Domenicali completes the six-strong line-up.
Both press conferences from Melbourne will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 with the drivers' session up first early on Thursday from 4am, with an evening repeat at 8pm. The Friday press conference follows Practice Two at 7.30am and is then repeated a little later at midday.
Press conference line-ups:
Drivers': Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kevin Magnussen (McLaren), Felipe Massa (Williams), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Team Principals': Eric Boullier (McLaren), Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari), Christian Horner (Red Bull), Remi Taffin (Renault F1), Claire Williams (Williams), Toto Wolff (Mercedes)