Formula 1 2019 full race calendar: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes look to retain titles as new season begins with Australia Grand Prix© firstpost.com

Formula 1 2019 full race calendar: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes look to retain titles as new season begins with Australia Grand Prix

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A redecorated sporting bandwagon, complete with a roaring if not yet rampant Ferrari and a movie series on Netflix, embarks next weekend on an extended season of change and challenge when the Australian Grand Prix opens the 70th running of the Formula One World Championship.

Two years on from Liberty Media's takeover, and 25 since the death of Ayrton Senna, defending five-time champion Lewis Hamilton goes into F1's first race in Melbourne expecting to be out-performed by his greatest rival Sebastian Vettel.