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Sebastian Vettel bests Ferraris to claim pole position for first race of 2010 F1 season in Bahrain.

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Andy - Unregistered

March 13, 2010 9:01 PM

Red Bull reliability, Massa next to Alonso with a point to prove, Rosbergs desire, Schumacher and Barichello's experience along with Buttons ability to nurse tyres are all factors to make this race worth watching.

I also think Karun Chandock did a stellar job today. Just 7 laps running the whole weekend with no winter testing, infront of millions of people and to be only just over a second off his teammate is astonishing.

I would expect the new guys to gain at least 2 seconds per lap by the end of the European season too, especially the Lotus outfit.

Scott Wilcox

March 13, 2010 10:11 PM

Prediction. The Mercedes cars will be on top tomorrow by showing steady pace and with Schumi managing his tires better then the rest. They won't be the fastest but they will conserve tires and have the best pit strategy. On fuel tanks he will control his tire use better then the youngsters.

Invalid Character - Unregistered

March 14, 2010 1:14 AM

I would say that it is almost impossible to predict much at this stage of the season about where Shooey, Hammy...
Sneezy, Sleepy, Dopey, Happy & Grumpy
will stand at the end of the season...

Anyhow, what's with all the "hooey" name calling?

here's to tomorrow's race

cheers

SignorBenzini

March 14, 2010 1:23 AM

There are many new variables for 2010 races - and fuel economy is the biggest.

While qualifying in Q3 last year had the cars at race weight and fuel, and thus, presumably, pace, ... this year that is not the case. The race pace may differ greatly, especially if the disparity in fuel economy between mercedes and ferrari + renault is true. It would mean Mercedes and McLaren can start lighter, save tires, and maybe even make passes at the start.


Should be good to watch. . .

richard

March 14, 2010 9:49 AM

signor benzini. last year, the cars were all able to start at different fuel loads. this year, they have to start with full tanks. further, there is NO evidence that the ferrari is less fuel efficient. there is new formulation, and in testing, even with full tanks, the ferrari was at the top of the pile. there is really no point speculating, we will just have to see how the race unfolds

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