After the dominating win in Bahrain, Vettel goes on to the Spanish track with lot of hope having worked out the updates in Mugello test. He stands on top with four points clear of Hamilton after a dreary start to the season, with no wins until three races. He believes that race this sunday will determine the actual pecking order.
Mark Webber has shown sign of relief after the flyaway races culminated in a positive fashion. Having had two poles in a row at Catalunya, his 2010 season turned right here in a winning way with another win at Monaco helping him to take lead.
Fernando Alonso’s current status in drivers’ standing proves nothing but his raw talent. His recalcitrant F2012 has so much to deliver throughout the European season to put him as a title contender. New updates are expected to arrive on Friday to help him stay close to the speed pack. Nando has got two podiums there, with a win in his championship winning 2006 season.
The master, Michael Schumacher is the most auspicious driver on Spanish soil. He downplays his chances this year stating that his W03 wont suit the track. In pre-season testing, Mercedes did well at Circuit de Catalunya and WO3 proved to be a winner while the team is seen as a strong contender to the title.
Having had a successful winter test in Catalunya, Hamilton prepares for a tough race ahead while saying that the performance in the qualifying will be very crucial as it is very difficult to overtake any contender on that track. Among the six world champions on the grid, only one has not won a race at the Circuit de Catalunya is Lewis Hamilton.
Button entertained the crowd in Budapest and took his time off by not taking part in the test. Despite an early win to the season, he is bewildered of his race pace in the last few races. He expect to tick every box in Spain which his team failed to do thus far. Mclaren boys seemingly well aware of pot holes in their team – making amends in their crew to get rid of the blunders they adhered so far.
Nico Rosberg’s breakout win lasted for a while as he didn’t live up to the expectations in Bahrain. Massa, a former winner in Spain, often struggled to qualify for Q3. Putting that aside, he secured his first point finish of the season squeezing out the maximum out of his Ferrari in Bahrain.
Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean showed the Lotus’ pace at the last race. Kimi has won here twice already and has a vast experience in testing on this track. He might be a force to reckon with. Grosjean too playing his part by being equally competitive as his team-mate.
Force India and Caterham’s battle went off the track as the Indian team have been forced to pay hefty amount regarding copyright issues. Caterham’s reserve driver Alexander Rossi will get his chance at the cockpit on friday for the first time.
Looking back at 2011 Spanish GP :
Last year’s race was a true spectacle after Vettel’s dominating victories in the opening races. Alonso’s move at the start was obviously the start of the season – from fourth row to first in a splash. Though he maintained the lead, his struggle with the Pirelli rubber caught him out. After the first round of stops, victory started drowning for him as Vettel took the lead.
He went back further after getting passed by Hamilton, Button and Webber. Hamilton’s bold strategy let him to challenge for the lead. He was so quick but Vettel’s RB7 was even quicker despite much tyre wear. Sergio Perez secured his first point here in his rookie season. Alonso could only manage fifth behind Webber who came back from 18th on the grid. Jenson had a successful race to finish behind Vettel and Hamilton.