Marvelous Mark takes Pole in Spain
Mark Webber put one over his young teammate Sebastian Vettel today at the Circuit de Catalunya by claiming a fantastic Pole Position ahead of the Spanish GP tomorrow. The Aussie stole Pole from Vettel in the dying seconds of Q3 to continue Red Bull’s unbeaten and dominate qualifying form, taking it 5 out of 5 this season. Championship leader Jenson Button could only mange 5th just ahead of Michael Schumacher in 6th.
Firstly before I make my predictions, I’d like to apologies for the lack of articles coming out of F1-Fans.co.uk recently, things for us here have been fairly hectic. But I’m pleased to say we are back, it feels good to be writing again and we fully intend to keep that going. But anyway back to the qualifying.
Surprise of Qualifying
A nice surprise for me was seeing Kobayashi up in the top 10. He clearly out performed his car and his vastly more experienced teammate. Listening to 5 Live’s coverage of Practice they and Eddie Jordan were smashing the Japanese driver for his poor performances so far this season. Its good to see Kobayashi has answered those critics with a strong 10th in qualifying.
My other welcome surprise is seeing Schumacher finally out qualify his younger German teammate Nico Rosberg for the first time this season. It looked on the cards to be honest as Schumacher had been faster than Rosberg throughout Practice. Clearly the new updates on the Mercedes, which include a radical new engine cover design, seem to favor Schumacher over Rosberg. That said, Rosberg looked to be struggling all weekend to me and defiantly had a frown of confusion on his face. Kudos though to the old fox for getting one back.
Disappointment of Qualifying
My absolute shock in qualifying has to be that of Rubens Barrichello not making it out of Q1. Williams brought some serious updates to Spain; a new front wing and new floor, setting their sights firmly on a Q3 finish. Yet Rubens blamed his pitiful performance on the upgrades not working and being unable to get a clear lap.
Now I’m sorry Rubens but that is just part of the challenge, you need to make your own space to get a good lap in. After all your teammate managed to do that and that’s why he’s starting up in 13th! Also you can’t have a go at the team in an interview straight after the session saying the parts don’t work. Do you remember what happened the last time you did that? Do I need to mention Germany last year?
Prediction for the Race
To be honest it looks like we could have seen the most exciting part of the Spanish GP 2010 in qualifying. Predictions say that the race will be best run on a 1 stop strategy and with the Red Bull’s in the form they are in (and if they don’t some how stuff it up like they have 3 out of 4 races so far this season) it should be a walk in the park for them.
I hope its not going to be another Bahrain, but don’t expect a repeat of the drama we’ve seen in Australia and China.
The battle for the victory will be between Webber and Vettel, but I’m going to put my money on Webber for the win. He’s looked a little bit faster than Vettel and as long as he can hold the line into Turn 1 he should be ok from there.
If it rains (which has been the only thing this season to stave off a boring race) then you have to consider the McLaren’s and particularly the in form Jenson Button. But I think Alonso may come good in front of his home fans and be in with a shout of the final podium position. Lets wait and find out.
|1||M Webber||Red Bull||1:19.995|
|2||S Vettel||Red Bull||1:20.101|
|10||K Kobayashi||BMW Sauber||1:21.984|
|11||A Sutil||Force India||1:21.985|
|12||P De la Rosa||BMW Sauber||1:22.026|
|15||S Buemi||Toro Rosso||1:22.191|
|16||J Alguersuari||Toro Rosso||1:22.207|
|17||V Liuzzi||Force India||1:22.854|
|22||L Di Grassi||Virgin||1:25.556|
|2||R Barrichello||Brawn||+13.0 secs|
|3||M Webber||Red Bull||+13.9 secs|
|4||S Vettel||Red Bull||+18.9 secs|
|5||F Alonso||Renault||+43.1 secs|
|6||F Massa||Ferrari||+50.8 secs|
|7||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+52.3 secs|
|8||N Rosberg||Williams||+65.2 secs|
|9||L Hamilton||McLaren||+1 Lap|
|10||T Glock||Toyota||+1 Lap|
|11||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+1 Lap|
|12||N Piquet Jnr||Renault||+1 Lap|
|13||K Nakajima||Williams||+1 Lap|
|14||G Fisichella||Force India||+1 Lap|
|DNF||K Raikkonen||Ferrari||+48 Laps|
|DNF||H Kovalainen||McLaren||+57 Laps|
|DNF||J Trulli||Toyota||+66 Laps|
|DNF||S Buemi||Toro Rosso||+66 Laps|
|DNF||S Bourdais||Toro Rosso||+66 Laps|
|DNF||A Sutil||Force India||+66 Laps|
|2||F Massa||Ferrari||+3.2 secs|
|3||L Hamilton||McLaren||+4.1 secs|
|4||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+5.6 secs|
|5||M Webber||Red Bull||+35.9 secs|
|6||J Button||Honda||+53.0 secs|
|7||K Nakajima||Williams||+58.2 secs|
|8||J Trulli||Toyota||+59.4 secs|
|9||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+63.0 secs|
|10||G Fisichella||Force India||+1 Lap|
|11||T Glock||Toyota||+1 Lap|
|12||D Coulthard||Red Bull||+1 Lap|
|13||T Sato||Super Aguri||+1 Lap|
|DNF||N Rosberg||Williams||+25 Laps|
|DNF||F Alonso||Renault||+32 Laps|
|DNF||R Barrichello||Honda||+32 Laps|
|DNF||H Kovalainen||McLaren||+45 Laps|
|DNF||A Davidson||Super Aguri||+58 Laps|
|DNF||S Bourdais||Toro Rosso||+59 Laps|
|DNF||N Piquet Jnr||Renault||+60 Laps|
|DNF||A Sutil||Force India||+66 Laps|
|DNF||S Vettel||Toro Rosso||+66 Laps|