Lewis Hamilton believes that 2014 is a chance for Mercedes to demonstrate their worth in Formula 1.
Hamilton joined Mercedes at the start of 2013 and claimed a victory and five pole positions on his way to fourth in the championship.
The Brit believes that his team can improve this season as they bid to reclaim the world championship.
"I'm excited about the new season not just as a driver but as a fan," said Hamilton. "As a fan, you want to see overtaking throughout the field, you want to see different race winners, you want to see the championship go down to the wire... I hope that the changes for this year will make that happen.
"I think we're as ready as we can be for Melbourne and I'm more fired up than ever," he said of Mercedes's prospects.
"With all the changes within the sport and the hard work that's been going on within the team, I believe this can be our year to really show what we're capable of. That's not to take anything away from our opposition, who will be incredibly tough to beat as always, but I feel like I'm equipped with the tools I need to succeed. I can't wait to get started."
Team-mate Nico Rosberg reckons that Mercedes's pre-season programme exceeded expectations.
"I think our winter testing programme went better than expected," said the German racer. "Having said that, the first Grand Prix is the first real opportunity to judge how well we have done against our competition. Pre-season doesn't tell the full story, especially this year with the new regulations."