F1: Spanish GP Thoughts / Preview

So far this weekend leading into qualifying, we’ve had three practice sessions in which Red Bull and McLaren looked to set the tone for the weekend, and Michael Schumacher with the innovative but ugly new Mercedes car showed what he can do.

Qualifying proved what we all assumed and continued the trend with Red Bull showing absolute dominance with the gap between Webber at the front and Hamilton in third approaching a second, which in F1 terms, is massive.

It was nice to see Mark Webber get the pole position ahead of Vettel when most people tend to always assume that Vettel will always get the better of the Aussie. You would expect that in a straightforward dry race tomorrow, Red Bull will surely be long gone very quickly and will sail to a one-two finish barring any incidents at the start or reliability problems.

In a wet race you never know, just look what happened in China when Red Bull locked out the front row and then ended up coming in for minor points at the chequered flag. Even in a wet race this time, I still expect them to be stronger than in China, but it would certainly give McLaren, especially Jenson Button a chance to do something impressive from 5th. We’ve seen what he can do in the rain twice this season so far so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility.

The race starts Sunday at 2pm local time, 1pm UK with the BBC build-up beginning at 12.10