Ferrari have Mercedes within range as Red Bull lurk

2013 Monaco Grand Prix Thursday practice analysis

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 2013Romain Grosjean’s suspension-crunching shunt at Sainte Devote changed the complexion of the second practice session.

“I didn?t have the grip I expected going into the corner, but there was nothing wrong with the car – my braking and entry speed were all wrong and I ended up hitting the barrier,” he explained.

“We have a very good car here and it gives you the confidence to push, but unfortunately I pushed a bit too hard.”

This was exactly what Grosjean did not need on his return to the track where his incident-prone ways were first thrown under sharp scrutiny 12 months earlier. And it was a further disappointment for those of us who wanted to see just who was quickest over a single lap.

One of the drivers whose run was affected by Grosjean’s shunt was Fernando Alonso. He didn’t seem to be holding much back during practice, experiencing a lurid slide at Rascase as well as a few other hair-rising moments between the barriers.

Unlike Grosjean, he avoided hitting them, but he hinted he could find even more time: “We will have to wait a bit to see where all our rivals really are, because here too, until Saturday, no one pushes a hundred percent: the barriers constitute too high a threat to take risks in the first free practice sessions.”

A look at the theoretical best times based on each sector puts Alonso in between the two Mercedes, who ended the second session on top. Factor in the potential performance lost as he wasn’t able to do a flying lap right away on the super-soft tyres and Ferrari’s position looks quite strong.

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 2013Red Bull had a subdued first day in the principality. But as Mark Webber points out that is par for the course for them.

In 2012 their quickest car was seventh in second practice, in 2011 they were fifth, and in 2010 they were third. Yet they went on to take pole position and win each of those races.

“I think traditionally we?re never too electric here on Thursday?s,” said Webber. “Today was actually one of the better ones we?ve had in the last few years.”

That wasn’t entirely true for his team mate, who was held back by a KERS failure in the second session.

McLaren finally got their new front wing on the MP4-28 and Jenson Button found some cause for encouragement: “Our pace on a long run looks surprisingly good, although we?re not quite there with our qualifying pace yet,” he said.

“Still, I feel happier with the car here than I have the past few weekends. There are some areas in which we?ve struggled before that now seem a little bit better, and that?s obviously positive.”

Team mate Sergio Perez gave some thoughts on the pivotal question of whether drivers will be able to make it through the race with a single pit stop. He’s expecting a tactical qualifying session:

“I think Saturday will be the most important day of the weekend ?ǣ everyone will be trying to save tyres so as to have as few stops as possible in the race. It?s likely to be a slow race with low degradation, so we need to give it our all on Saturday.”

Pitting just once is preferable at Monaco as it limits the opportunities for drivers to get stuck in traffic. But Daniel Ricciardo isn’t sure that’ll be possible this year: “Running Sunday?s race on a one stop strategy could prove more difficult than last year.??

But with well over 24 hours until we see the cars on-track again Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery is hedging his bets for now:

“So far, we?d say that the teams are on course to make two stops during the race ?ǣ one seems very possible too ?ǣ but we?ll have a much better picture after qualifying on Saturday, which is when we can make a more accurate forecast in representative track conditions.”

Here’s the data from the first two practice sessions for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Longest stint comparison

This chart shows all the drivers’ lap times (in seconds) during their longest unbroken stint:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2013drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Sebastian Vettel 80.447 79.49 80.574 79.558 81.978 80.279 80.832 90.22 80.825 80.599 91.521 81.392
Mark Webber 80.825 80.325 80.689 85.763 80.436 89.653 80.111 79.667 80.738 83.621 80.051 79.48 79.775 95.634 79.836 79.628 80.342 90.459 79.95 81.617 80.502 80.992 81.244 81.85
Fernando Alonso 80.417 80.356 80.807 80.084 80.592 80.555 81.208 80.777 81.224 80.968 82.008 81.498 80.533 84.399 80.274 80.088 85.516
Felipe Massa 80.412 84.302 79.719 79.586 80.743 80.767 88.9 80.551 80.41 80.717 87.718 81.101 82.047 81.512
Jenson Button 80.576 80.412 80.167 80.254 97.099 79.872 84.18 80.394 82.843 87.984 79.552 79.831 82.48 79.782 90.62 79.835 85.096 80.086
Sergio Perez 81.091 80.729 84.841 79.969 79.683 81.051 82.577 80.836 81.337
Kimi Raikkonen 79.896 79.585 79.483 80.749 85.316 79.94 80.312 80.6 80.547 80.934 82.03 81.748 80.98
Romain Grosjean 76.999 76.096 87.896 75.998 84.003 75.718
Nico Rosberg 82.599 80.989 80.749 86.516 80.887 80.582 80.422 80.572 80.478 80.794 80.823 87.992 80.52 94.325 79.751 79.845 80.377 80.639 82.845 86.293 79.784
Lewis Hamilton 83.921 81.311 80.538 79.97 80.636 80.524 80.176 80.553 81.563 81.77 81.704 81.483 81.415 81.159 84.768 81.282 80.911 83.023 81.253 80.638 80.55 80.875 80.93 81.306
Nico Hulkenberg 81.403 80.351 82.996 81.386 85.678 81.125 81.243 81.205 81.115 81.27 81.263 81.25 81.273 80.952 80.87 80.965
Esteban Gutierrez 80.652 79.854 81.511 81.952 80.54 80.655 81.236 84.148 80.761 80.714
Paul di Resta 81.395 81.948 80.076 80.353 80.539 85.432 81.067 80.861 81.304 88.613 83.606 81.305
Adrian Sutil 81.223 80.157 82.177 80.708 80.305 82.134 91.215 80.747 80.486 81.255 81.539
Pastor Maldonado 83.29 82.354 80.946 82.091 81.593 80.987 86.39 81.843 82.067 81.838 88.766 82.045 82.498
Valtteri Bottas 84.391 81.95 82.149 81.198 81.272 81.6 81.372 81.714 88.921 81.975 82.147 82.872 82.851 87.471 83.656 92.624
Jean-Eric Vergne 84.037 82.73 83.285 81.206 80.577 80.417 81.244 81.652 81.088 81.486 81.053 81.611 80.938
Daniel Ricciardo 82.29 82.004 81.049 80.791 80.859 81.123 81.389 81.306 80.953 81.069 80.534 80.535 82.74 83.595 81.519 81.149 81.031 82.561 82.886 82.565
Charles Pic 83.684 82.569 83.073 81.832 81.441 82.03 81.387 81.678 81.312 81.246 81.739 81.397 81.825 82.269 86.499 81.707 83.07
Giedo van der Garde 82.554 81.694 83.071 81.829 81.702 82.241 86.183 87.667 82.543 82.379 82.301 82.01 82.992 85.552 82.236 82.623
Jules Bianchi 84.631 85.779 84.927 82.867 83.541 84.058 84.502 84.236 84.999 89.376
Max Chilton 85.249 82.311 82.584 82.596 82.881 83.441 83.864 85.886 84.787 83.634 84.026 82.79 84.21 83.073 83.548

Sector times and ultimate lap times

Pos No. Driver Car S1 S2 S2 Ultimate Gap Deficit to best
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 19.681 (2) 34.906 (1) 20.172 (1) 1’14.759 0.000
2 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 19.558 (1) 34.936 (3) 20.422 (3) 1’14.916 0.157 0.280
3 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 19.766 (4) 34.999 (5) 20.312 (2) 1’15.077 0.318 0.000
4 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 19.790 (5) 34.929 (2) 20.545 (5) 1’15.264 0.505 0.014
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 19.873 (8) 34.973 (4) 20.524 (4) 1’15.370 0.611 0.034
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 19.684 (3) 35.034 (6) 20.748 (10) 1’15.466 0.707 0.045
7 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 19.840 (6) 35.131 (7) 20.586 (6) 1’15.557 0.798 0.161
8 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 19.843 (7) 35.321 (9) 20.757 (11) 1’15.921 1.162 0.038
9 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 19.939 (9) 35.440 (11) 20.635 (8) 1’16.014 1.255 0.000
10 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 19.994 (11) 35.403 (10) 20.649 (9) 1’16.046 1.287 0.000
11 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 19.949 (10) 35.630 (14) 20.631 (7) 1’16.210 1.451 0.224
12 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 20.017 (12) 35.294 (8) 21.034 (15) 1’16.345 1.586 0.004
13 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 20.161 (15) 35.595 (13) 21.067 (17) 1’16.823 2.064 0.000
14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 20.097 (13) 35.742 (16) 20.990 (14) 1’16.829 2.070 0.028
15 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 20.191 (16) 35.726 (15) 20.988 (13) 1’16.905 2.146 0.359
16 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 20.342 (18) 35.501 (12) 21.067 (17) 1’16.910 2.151 0.025
17 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20.113 (14) 35.840 (18) 21.056 (16) 1’17.009 2.250 0.175
18 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20.315 (17) 35.765 (17) 20.965 (12) 1’17.045 2.286 0.100
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 20.375 (19) 36.213 (19) 21.289 (19) 1’17.877 3.118 0.015
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 20.534 (21) 36.297 (21) 21.296 (20) 1’18.127 3.368 0.085
21 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 20.509 (20) 36.255 (20) 21.702 (22) 1’18.466 3.707 0.565
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 20.609 (22) 36.483 (22) 21.597 (21) 1’18.689 3.930 0.095

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 Total laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’16.195 1’14.759 77
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’16.469 1’15.077 79
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.282 1’15.196 65
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’16.394 1’15.278 62
5 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’17.020 1’15.404 69
6 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’17.509 1’15.511 65
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’16.380 1’15.718 31
8 Jenson Button McLaren 1’17.129 1’15.959 69
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’17.380 1’16.014 56
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’17.548 1’16.046 70
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’17.625 1’16.349 64
12 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’17.378 1’16.434 66
13 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.193 1’16.823 69
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’16.993 1’16.857 68
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’18.754 1’16.935 73
16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’19.067 1’17.145 63
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’18.454 1’17.184 68
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’18.830 1’17.264 75
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’19.773 1’17.892 61
20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’19.438 1’18.212 72
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’20.225 1’18.784 62
22 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’19.203 1’19.031 52

Speed trap

# Driver Car Engine Max speed (kph) Gap
1 14 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 281.1
2 15 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 280.8 0.3
3 5 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 278.4 2.7
4 20 Charles Pic Caterham Renault 278.3 2.8
5 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 277.7 3.4
6 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 277.7 3.4
7 23 Max Chilton Marussia Cosworth 277.5 3.6
8 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Ferrari 277.4 3.7
9 6 Sergio Perez McLaren Mercedes 277.4 3.7
10 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Renault 277.2 3.9
11 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 277.2 3.9
12 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus Renault 277.2 3.9
13 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia Cosworth 276.9 4.2
14 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 276.6 4.5
15 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 276.4 4.7
16 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 276.3 4.8
17 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 276.1 5
18 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber Ferrari 275.7 5.4
19 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 273.9 7.2
20 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams Renault 273.9 7.2
21 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams Renault 273.8 7.3
22 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 271.9 9.2

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30 comments on Ferrari have Mercedes within range as Red Bull lurk

  1. franton said on 23rd May 2013, 18:09

    Wasn’t Hamilton running a camera and other non aero friendly parts on the car? Fairly sure that’ll have affected his lap times. However 3/10ths off his teammate with that still isn’t bad.

  2. karter22 (@karter22) said on 23rd May 2013, 18:10

    This looks very promising indeed!! I just hope ALO is able to pull out the rabbit out of the hat! If the MERCs lock the front row, it´ll be up to the strategists to figure something out.
    I hope it´s a good race!

  3. Adam Kibbey (@kibblesworth) said on 23rd May 2013, 18:20

    Don’t know where Rosberg is finding these extra tenths of a second race after race but good on him. I suspect he’ll end this season with a much improved reputation. He’s always been overlooked as one of the best drivers out there but his talent is undeniable. Definitely his father’s son.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 23rd May 2013, 18:31

      Still a lot of the season to go, lots of time for people to forget about an impressive few races though

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 23rd May 2013, 18:31

      Maybe the rage from the team orders fiasco is still spurring him on!

    • Broom (@brum55) said on 23rd May 2013, 19:16

      Put him in any car and he’d be up there in terms of pure 1-lap speed. Think getting someone like Lewis as a team-mate who is much more consistent than Schumacher v2.0 has helped Rosberg up his game.

      It makes you think Schumacher was still bloody good to be keeping him on his toes occasionally for the last couple of years too.

      • hobo (@hobo) said on 23rd May 2013, 20:51

        @brum55 – I think this is an interesting point you raise. In 2012 (MSC’s most competitive Merc season), ROS had an average starting grid position of 9.4 and MSC 9.65, basically identical. And when you remove grid penalties MSC squeaks ahead 8.65 to 8.9.

        While it is too early to say much about this season, were ROS to go pole in Monaco and HAM P2, they would be basically tied for average starting grid position. Of course that could wildly swing one way or the other, but if it were to hold one could make a couple of assumptions. 1. ROS is a good qualifier. 2. The Mercs are better at qualifying than race, generally. 3. 2012 MSC and 2013 HAM were relatively as effective as each other in qualifying, given the differences in the cars year to year.

        A lot of ifs, granted, but interesting to think about.

        • Broom (@brum55) said on 23rd May 2013, 22:38

          @hobo One thing to consider is Hamilton is still new to the team whereas Rosberg is in his 4th year so Hamilton could still assert his authority as the year goes on.
          I also think Rosberg is more motivated, as regardless of how well/badly Rosberg did relative to MSC, it was a lose-lose situation. If he outdrove MSC, it was because MSC was old whereas when he got outdrove by MSC, Rosberg would get slammed.
          It is the complete opposite with Hamilton as team-mate as he is expected to get outdriven but when he isn’t he will look like a top tier driver.
          Its only 6 races in and his reputation is being enhanced more than it was in the previous 3 years.

    • Erro said on 23rd May 2013, 19:57

      It means that Webber is actually a much better driver than everyone assumes him to be, as he beat Rosberg quite convincingly in Q when they were teammates. And it also shows how incredibly fast Vettel is to beat Webber so soundly year after year.

      • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 23rd May 2013, 23:13

        Rosberg only lost to Webber in his rookie season, when he was 20. Even then, the difference wasn’t so big. Only 4 points to 7. Nico has improved a lot over the years, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was as fast as Vettel today, though he’s not as good under pressure.

        • Dan42 said on 24th May 2013, 10:53

          Points don’t really show the whole picture. Webber beat Rosberg in Q very convincingly: 12:6, if I’m not mistaken. And Webber had 11(!) retirements that year, as opposed to Rosberg’s 9. Quite a few of those times were when Webber qualified very well. And Rosberg might have been a rookie, but so was Hamilon against Alonso, yet Alonso couldn’t beat Hamilton while Webber could and did beat Rosberg. The driver is fast or just isn’t, rookie or not. So if Rosberg really is a very fast driver, then so must be Webber. They have been teammates, so it’s the best possible benchmark.

          • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 24th May 2013, 23:33

            Coulthard beat Webber over a season. So Coulthard is obviously better than Webber, Hamilton, Rosberg and Schumacher …

            You’re seriously claiming that comparing a driver in his rookie season in a car that broke down 11 and 9 times? And then even more based on qualifying result during a season where the times were for a very large part determined by fuel loads?

  4. Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 23rd May 2013, 18:47

    The McLaren in Jenson’s hands particularly looks pretty handy in the long-runs, although the track evolution will be different to other tracks given the extra day between FP and the race, he’s seemingly right in there with the front runners, shame he’s been downplaying their single-lap pace as well, they need that track position.

  5. faulty (@faulty) said on 23rd May 2013, 19:11

    Why is VdG doing so few laps? Shouldn’t rookies be practicing?

    • dragoll (@dragoll) said on 23rd May 2013, 22:09

      VdG strikes me as a the type to be cruising around doing laps in the pit paddock at Monaco… I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns out to be one of the “ladies men”

  6. Broom (@brum55) said on 23rd May 2013, 19:19

    Ferrari have often flattered to deceive on qualifying whereas Red-Bull and Mercedes this year have found huge chuncks of time. Hopefully Alonso can pull something out the bag as this is not one of Vettel’s best circuits.

  7. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 23rd May 2013, 20:11

    Wouldn’t surprise me to see another Mercedes front row lock-out, but I reckon it will be more difficult in the race. I reckon Alonso could be heading for a second consecutive race win, as long as he gets on the first or second row of the grid, otherwise his good pace will be compromised.

    Going to be a really interesting weekend, for sure. DRS won’t have much effect, Saturday is back to being very important, and I reckon the degradation will only be between 1-2 stops. The strategy will be key, of course, as always in Monaco. Can’t wait!

  8. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 23rd May 2013, 20:13

    Nothing from the long-run data suggests that Mercedes is any worse on the long runs, which is a bit of a surprise, but a pleasant one for me. Were the Mercedes long runs on the soft or the super soft tyre? Another surprise for me was how good Pic was on his long run, although of course we don’t know fuel loads.

    On Rosberg vs. Hamilton, Rosberg looks totally on it this season, with the exception of a few disappointing Q3s a the beginning of the year. Perhaps it was more difficult for him to find that last bit of motivation over the last two years, driving in no-man’s land and beating the old man over and over again.

    Hamilton, by contrast, is feeling real pressure on Saturday for the first time in his career. In his debut season he didn’t always beat his team mate but he didn’t need to; he was the rookie and Fernando the reigning double world champion. In the following two seasons Kovalainen never seemed to get his act together, and with Button, he could always rely on regularly outqualifying him, even in the darkest days of 2011. Lewis also didn’t have to get the near-perfect lap to be in front of Jenson on Saturday, because the latter would often have problems of his own.

    This season, though, Hamilton does not look completely at ease in the car, and good performances are not sufficient to stay ahead of his team mate. Hamilton does not give the outward impression of suffering from this pressure that is new to him, but who knows what goes on inside a driver’s head?

    On Grosjean, I hope his crash doesn’t affect his weekend too much. He finally looked to have found his speed again, being quicker than Kimi most of the time. With the Lotus good on its tyres, he might be one of the drivers able to make a one-stop strategy work, and then even a first win might be on the cards.

  9. codesurge (@codesurge) said on 23rd May 2013, 21:50

    @keithcollantine Minor correction: I think the title of this article should read “Thursday practice” :)

  10. dragoll (@dragoll) said on 23rd May 2013, 22:12

    The analysis shows that Lap 15 something significant happened to the track, it all of a sudden became faster… I’m guessing on Lap 14 we had a street sweeper go through ;)

  11. Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 23rd May 2013, 22:39

    @AdrianMorse

    This season, though, Hamilton does not look completely at ease in the car, and good performances are not sufficient to stay ahead of his team mate. Hamilton does not give the outward impression of suffering from this pressure that is new to him, but who knows what goes on inside a driver’s head?

    I agree, only Lewis knows whether he’s feeling some pressure or not but these drivers are arguably the best professionals out there in sport given their extremely demanding jobs of driving the fastest machinery out there, I’m sure the few tenths Nico has turned up with this season will serve as an incentive for Lewis to bring even more out of the car, just like Nico himself did when Schumi arrived to Merc in 2010.

    I also propose a theory, mainly linked with Montoya and how long it took for him to settle in McLaren in 2005 and Lewis perhaps not being at case as he says he is, it took approximately half a season for Montoya to feel comfortable with the MP4-20 that season and whilst I’m not assuming that it’ll take Lewis exactly that long to feel completely at one, it’s vital to acknowledge that every driver is different, and some will take longer than others to fully adapt to their new teams, you can argue that Alonso settled in at Ferrari fairly quickly but he came as a double world champion who had been at three teams (Minardi, Renault and McLaren) prior to Ferrari, so experience served as an aid to Fernando. Lewis has stepped into a completely new environment for the first time in his career, with different team dynamics to the dynamics he experienced in McLaren, I expect him to take it bit by bit via improving relationships with race engineers and other personnel, those few tenths don’t just stem from innate speed, it’s partly evident when someone refers to having to reduce the number of buttons on his steering wheel.

    About feeling and succumbing to pressure, I’ll just wait at least until mid-season, if not the end, when we can start composing our annual season reports and judge the drivers’ performances despite it being five races in already.

  12. Tyler (@tdog) said on 23rd May 2013, 23:19

    The consistency in lap times from Hulkenberg from lap 6 to 16 on his long run was incredible!

  13. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 24th May 2013, 1:31

    Wouldn’t be at all surprised if Alonso took pole.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 24th May 2013, 7:05

      I would be shocked if he took pole here. Mercedes will up their game on Saturday and so will Red Bull. If Alonso finished on the 2nd row of the grid, he should be very pleased with himself.

      If I had to guess, I’d say Rosberg, Hamilton and Webber will be battling for pole.

  14. Theoddkiwi (@theoddkiwi) said on 24th May 2013, 1:45

    24 laps in one stint by Ham and times a pretty consistent. I think they well have a much better race this weekend.

  15. Todfod (@todfod) said on 24th May 2013, 7:00

    Looking at long stint (race pace) comparisons are interesting. Red Bull seem to have the quickest car here with low degradation levels, followed closely by Lotus and then Ferrari/ Mercedes. I think Ferrari posted some quick times here on Friday, but I dont think they are favourites for the race.

    Have a feeling Mercedes is going to lock out the front row, but Mark Webber will take P3 and be the favourite for the win, followed by Alonso, Vettel and Kimi

    Lets see how this weeks prediction championship pans out..

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