Who has the fastest car, 2nd fastest car, etc.? And will this set the trend for the season? I believe that it is at the moment: (Based on a combination of race pace and qualifying pace)
1. Red Bull
7. Force India
8. Toro Rosso
Red Bull are in front by a long way in qualifying trim, but are about par with McLaren at the moment who appear to look after tyres better. Ferrari, Renault and Mercedes, based on China, are very close. Mercedes have the qualifying pace, then Renault and then Ferrari. However in race trim it’s reversed by the looks of things. Sauber and Force India will have a tasty (excuse the Jake quote) battle this season at this rate. Toro Rosso, Williams and Lotus are all at the back with just Virgin and Hispania (who are fairly close) behind them. It’s good to see the latter just a couple of seconds off the pace as oppose to a handful.