David Croft will have a busy day - and night - on Sunday.

The West Ham United supporter and Sky Sports F1 HD commentator will first spend the afternoon talking us through the 2013 FIA Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

After completing his duties at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Croft will seek out a suitable venue to watch the Hammers' Barclays Premier League fixture at Chelsea - despite kick-off not being until 3am on Monday morning local time!

'Crofty' took time out during a brief stop-over in Hong Kong to share his thoughts with his fellow West Ham fans on the new Formula One season.

While he will be backing SBOBET Player of the Month Jussi Jaaskelainen to keep the Blues at bay at Stamford Bridge, the 42-year-old is backing another flying Finn, Kimi Raikkonen, to be victorious in Australia.

As for the overall Drivers' World Championship, Crofty has his money on Spain and, in particular, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Here is Crofty's preview of the 2013 Formula One season, written exclusively for his fellow West Ham supporters:

"I've got two things I need to do on Sunday. No1is to remember that Lewis Hamilton has a slightly darker shade of yellow on his crash helmet than Nico Rosberg, otherwise I'll never be able to tell the two drivers apart when they're on track. No2 is to find a bar that's showing the Chelsea v West Ham match. It's a 4pm kick-off in the UK, so some stupid hour in Melbourne. Life on the road is full of challenges and this is one that's not going to beat me!

"As for the rest, well we'll take things as they come. The start of the Formula 1 season is always an exciting one, staged as it is, in a country with more passion for sport than Mr Kipling had for his cakes. But this year, after a three pre-season tests that offered little in the way of clues, there's a general feeling that we could be in for some very close racing and plenty of drama before we get to Brazil at the end of November.

"Yes, the feeling is that Red Bull will have the best car but with the regulations staying pretty stable from last season to this, it's inconceivable to think that Ferrari, Lotus, Mercedes and even McLaren with an revolutionary car rather than an evolutionary one, won't be chasing them hard.

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David Croft in action in the Sky Sports F1 HD commentary box

"McLaren's troubles by the way, stem from their decision to change their suspension from a 'pushrod' to a 'pullrod'. In short it offers them plenty of scope to develop their pace over and above that of their rivals as the season progresses. But it also brings with it plenty of headaches, as they've found, even before a wheel turns in anger. They've also lost Lewis Hamilton, which is no easy task to replace.

"In Sergio Perez they believe they've uncovered a rough diamond, but he's going to need to some polishing. Whilst over at Mercedes, Lewis looks quick over one lap and as relaxed as you can expect from a man leaving behind the team he grew up with and standing on his own two feet. That Mercedes, I believe, is fastest than the team and Lewis expected it to be in the early part of testing and whilst it may still not be able to keep pace with Red Bull over a race distance it wouldn't come as a huge shock to see it on pole in Melbourne.

"And what of Ferrari? Fernando Alonso says it's 200 times better than last year's car, it might need to be 250 times better but in a season where the Spaniard wants the team to back his ability with a machine capable of closing out the deal, it's a good start. Surely Alonso will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season and he's my tip for the title.

"As for a race winner in Australia, I'm pinning my tenner to Kimi Raikkonen's back. I hope the pressure doesn't get to him now that I've tipped him, although to be honest, pressure is not something that Kimi ever seems to suffer from. His car looks quick, slightly unreliable, yes, but definitely fast and if they can qualify higher, then he'll be there at the Chequered Flag.

Enjoy the season everyone and don't forget every time the cars are on track, we'll be covering them live on Sky Sports F1 HD."

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