"I think it was quite clear, however it's hard to know what everyone's doing, so naturally we won't fully know until we get out in the auto tomorrow and, come qualifying you get a better picture, and usually, over the first few races is when you really start to get an idea of where everyone stands. but we said that we have work to do and we weren't talking BS".
"But as a driver for sure I have to figure out how can I pull more out, which I don't have the current answer for".
Hamilton has won 51 of the past 100 grands prix for Mercedes and four of the past five championships.
While Mercedes have retained Valtteri Bottas as Hamilton's partner this year, one of only two unchanged driver line-ups, Vettel has a new teammate in Charles Leclerc who shifted from Sauber - now branded Alfa Romeo - in a swap for Kimi Raikkonen. "It is the second debut for me after being away from the sport for many years".
2 - Reigning world champion Hamilton has finished in second place in his last three races in Australia; only in Valencia (European GP) has he finished runner-up on as many consecutive occasions (2008-10).
Lewis Hamilton is defending a title he won in style in 2018 but Sebastian Vettel is the early favourite.
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During Thursday's FIA press conference, when asked if Mercedes' testing form was hard to read into, Hamilton responded, "it's not hard to read it".
Since he last raced in 2010, a lot has changed in Formula One, so it will be a massive learning curve for the Polish driver.
Toro Rosso's Alexander Albon spun and hit the wall during Practice 1, leading to the session being red flagged.
This marks the first time St Hugo will be served exclusively on track in an effort to deliver the ultimate world-class hospitality experience and CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Andrew Westacott, says the partnership will do just that.
Based on previous years, it is expected that Ferrari will also introduce new parts to the vehicle this weekend. A victor now gets 25 points with 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and one for the subsequent places.
"We're still quite unsure about how Red Bull will be", said Bottas.