So who’s going to be on the podium at the Spanish Grand Prix?
Here are my predictions – share yours below.
Given their speed in testing I don’t think anyone’s going to be writing Ferrari off for the win this weekend. But will it be Kimi Raikkonen or Felipe Massa?
Massa was comfortably the quicker of the two this time last year. But he does sometimes get flustered by his team mate’s pace and his ability to win depends a lot on whether he can be the first man into turn one – which is not a given with those competitive McLarens and BMWs around.
So I reckon Raikkonen is the better bet for the win – most likely with Massa in second, unless he goes off again.
Robert Kubica has given out some slightly negative vibes about the BMW’s pace relative to the other two teams, and I’m taking that as my cue to put McLaren ahead of BMW. I’m not sure BMW’s policy of putting one driver on significantly less fuel than the other is the optimum approach to going racing, either.
I think Hamilton will beat Kovalainen – in fact I expect him to at a benchmark circuit at Barcelona. If he doesn’t lead his team mate by a solid couple of tenths here then we’re going to have another tooth-and-nail fight between the McLaren drivers this year.
So my prediction is:
1. Kimi Raikkonen
2. Felipe Massa
3. Lewis Hamilton