After a rather exciting qualifying session with some unexpected results such as a Williams in the top 10, a 7-time champion in the top ten and Sebastian Vettel not grabbing pole position, it’s time to look to the start for Sunday’s grand prix.
Earlier this week we asked ‘who or what, if anything can stop Vettel‘ – one suggestion was to have him not start at the front and well, thanks to Mr Webber we have that exact scenario with the Aussie looking to lead the way into turn 1 – if he can get a decent start that is. It will be a refreshing change to see Vettel having to battle from the outset, especially when his main rival is likely to be the driver he shares the garage with.
Elsewhere, Hamilton will be as racey as ever but likely to be struggling a little with his flat-spotted tyre from qualifying (not allowed to change it!) and then behind him there’s the super-chirpy Fernando Alonso who surprised himself and everyone else at Ferrari with a second row qualifying performance. We already know the Ferrari has great race pace, so it’s fairly likely that the Spaniard will be aiming for a podium and he has a great chance of taking the McLaren of Hamilton as the lights go out.
Having rookies up in amongst the front runners is always a worry and from we have to go on – i.e not much, Pastor Maldonado is a somewhat unknown entity and could cause an ‘interesting’ opening lap.
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So what do you all see happening after the lights go out at Circuit de Catalunya?
Here’s how the field will line up for the start
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