By Alex Kapadia
There’s no doubt Formula One has undergone its biggest change for 25 years.
The cars have been subjected to a massive aerodynamic overhaul, slick tyres have been reintroduced and the new speed boost system KERS is making its debut.
But it’s not just the new tyres and technology that have got everyone buzzing – it’s the fact that the new rules means the drivers are expected to be competing on a more even playing field.
And two of the most talked-about drivers are our very own Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
As the reigning world champ, all eyes should be focused on Hamilton during the first Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne on Sunday.
Up until a few weeks ago, he was the front-runner to defend that title but a rollercoaster series of pre-season tests has seen Button marked out as favourite for victory in Melbourne, while Hamilton appears to be struggling to have the pace to even finish on the podium, let alone top it.
After Honda pulled out of F1 it looked uncertain Button would climb back into the cockpit, but following a late management buy-out and being re-born as Brawn GP, the team – and Button – have surprised many with their pre-season testing success.
BBC One will broadcast the Australian Grand Prix from 6am – 9am on Sunday 29th March. It will also screen a race re-run between 1pm – 3pm the same afternoon.