Mark Webber believes that this year's title fight will be between four drivers only, spread across three teams. This time next week we will know who the winner of the first Grand Prix is, and how teams will be shaping up for the rest of the season.
While many are hoping for a six way battle between the drivers of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, Webber only sees it happening between four: Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
Mercedes enter the season as favourites, equipped with one new driver in the form of Valtteri Bottas who makes the move from Williams after a four-year stint at the Grove based team.
Webber is sorry to see no world champion on the grid next season as Nico Rosberg announced his shock retirement after winning his maiden world championship in Abu Dhabi last season. Despite Bottas stepping into a car that has championship-winning potential, Webber does not think he has what it takes.
"First of all, I am sorry that the reigning world champion is not with us. Nico Rosberg has chosen to enjoy his family, friends and all the fun in life that Formula1 can't offer. I myself now lead such a life and it's fine. The title fight will go in 2017 between Hamilton, Vettel. Ricciardo and Verstappen. Bottas I'm not completely sure is ready for the title."