This week Formula One goes to Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel won here last year and will be looking to build on his victory from the last race at the Bahrain Grand Prix. He is now top of the Drivers leader board after a pretty unimpressive but solid start to the season. He sits in seventh on the grid and is currently best priced at 7s with BetVictor and Bluesquare amongst others.
Lewis Hamilton made the quickest qualifying time (which you can see here) however, after a steward’s enquiry, it turned out Hamilton had broken article 6.6.2 of the FIA Formula One Technical regulations. This states that after qualifying each car must make its way back to the pits of its own power. Hamilton failed to do this after putting in a lap which was a good 0.5 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Williams’ Pastor Maldonado. However, due to the breach of the rules Hamilton now starts at the back of the grid. The McClaren team must be kicking themselves; if they’ve attempted to gain a few extra 100th of seconds by putting the lowest amount of fuel in the tank then it has obviously backfired awfully as Hamilton was much quicker than his rivals. McClaren attempted to claim ‘Force Majeure’ but the stewards were having none of it and it looks like McClaren have dropped another clanger this season. This calamity has left Hamilton priced at 24s with Betfair to wind his way all the way through the pack.
Pastor Maldonado of Williams has benefited from this and will now start on his first ever Pole position after being the second fastest in qualifying. He is aiming to achieve his maiden Grand Prix victory; however the bookies don’t fancy him to hold on for victory as he priced large at 11s with Bet365 and Totesport. Kimi Raikkonen is the favourite being priced at 4s with Skybet and Bet365. He starts third on the grid and will be looking to add a third Spanish Grand Prix victory to his list of Grand Prix wins.
A Spanish Grand Prix review would not be complete without mentioning Fernando Alonso. He is in his home country and it looks like his team (Ferrari) are finally getting their act together and cutting out the silly mistakes this year. He starts in second position on the grid and in my eyes should be the favourite. Betfair are best price and have him at 5.1. If Alonso gets a strong start and manages to get past Maldonado early then I don’t see him giving up a winning position.