This really is getting exciting, i never have experienced such a tantalising wait in an f1 pre-season, according to German press, RB bosses are getting worried at how quick Mercs and Ferrari were able to lap at Barcelona, with all experts expecting “shocks” and heads to be “turned” come Melbourne; this is my list of the expected “shocks”:
1)Mercs front row Lock-out, clear by 0.5 secs
2)Red Bull really struggle and only 1 driver makes Q3
3)Mclaren are off the pace and struggle like RB
4)Both Williams in top 8
5)Marussia make Q2 ahead of Torro Rosso
If Maldonado and Grosjean occupy the front row, two people should be ready to go out on track ASAP:
1. Bernd Maylander
2. Whoever is driving the ambulance
Not to mentions the marshals, they should duck first though.
This year there seems to be a heightened sense of expectation that something really exciting is going to happen, so the biggest shock will be if Vettel and Red Bull are comfortably out in front, with Ferrari and McLaren following. In other words, the biggest shock would be a return of the 2011 season.
Both Saubers and both Williams make it to Q3. Hamilton Makes it into Q3 but only just, with Rosberg not making it to the final session. RBR Are fast and lock out the front row, Ferrari and the McLaren of Button fighting for 3rd-5th. Perez doesn’t make it into Q3 for his first race at McLaren.
If enough people expect it, is it still a shock?
Look out for Toro Rosso. Their closest rivals have bagged all the attention over the winter with their driver changes, late announcements and so on, but continuity and stronger engineering could pay off and maybe get them deep into the top ten.
More likely one of the fancied teams will struggle all weekend – Melbourne seems to be like that.