My head says that vettel will take this year, Brawn ran out of money near the end, Red Bull wont. But my heart says that Mclaren and mostly Lewis will make it difficult for them. Unless the Mclaren suddenly becomes right up to and passes their pace in the next few races, (dont forget lewis is insane around Montreal) then i think its Vettels this year.
Yes, it’s still early. However, even if Vettel’s pace falls, it won’t fall significantly I suspect, this start that he’s got will require DNF’s or finishes out of the points while a rival, probably Hamilton wins.
It’s mathmatically possible, an the speed McLaren seem to have point at a challenge, but I reckon it’s probably in the bag for Vettel already.
I’d agree with Icthyes – that 50 point barrier will be the end of Hamilton’s chances. Vettel won’t feel pressure if he has 2 races in the bag.
This season is different to the 2009 season in that the Red Bull in 2009 always looked threatening to Brawn. This season nothing can touch the Red Bull (yes Hamilton won a race but i’m inclined to think that was Red Bull’s loss rather than Hamilton’s victory – and Vettel still finished second). I wouldn’t be surprised if the championship is wrapped up by hungary
and besides, what if ferrari makes a comeback like last year? agreed last year it was more of red bull unreliability than ferrari’s upgrades which helped ferrari close the gap, but then it’s alonso. and he’ll drive well now that his contract is upto ’16.
Why are they banning blown diffusers? safety reasons?