This is the first installment of my “Thoughts Ahead Of The Weekend” articles where I will write about what I think will happen and how things will pan out on the track.
So we are at the Spanish GP at the Circuit de Catalunya for Round 5 of the F1 World Championship, traditionally this is the weekend where all the teams bring major upgrades to their cars so we should expect to see a lot of new ideas, whether they work is not yet certain but there will be improvements at a few teams.
After winning the last race in Bahrain, Sebastian Vettel is going to the Spanish venue having won there last season, but the team to be looking out for is definitely Lotus who are very confident of a podium if not a win.
Under pressure will be home favourite Fernando Alonso, he is loved by the Spanish fans and will be hoping for some luck and something for his fans to cheer come Sunday afternoon. Ferrari have brought an upgrade to the car and it should give them a bit of extra pace.
Lewis Hamilton is also a man who is under pressure, having not won a grand prix this season he will be itching to get to the top step of the podium at a track where he hasn’t ever been on pole or won the race. Will that be about to change?
Mercedes may have another chance to work their well designed DRS system to their advantage during Qualifying, The team have said that they don’t think the Barcelona track will suit them though, then again they were far from sure that it would in China during the race and they still won.
I think that Qualifying could be anyone’s with both Lotus and Mercedes right up there with the leading teams of Red Bull and McLaren but if the weather forecast is correct and we have rain on race day then that will throw in a few others into the mix.
In terms both the drivers and constructors championship standings.
Vettel – 53
Hamilton – 49
Webber – 48
Button – 43
Red Bull – 101
McLaren – 92
Lotus – 57