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Australian Grand Prix – Ferrari? Red Bull? or McLaren?

by F1Fan on March 23, 2010

Just 5 days until someone wins the Australian Grand Prix, who’s it going to be?

If the Bahrain Grand Prix results are anything to go by then the odds on money is most likely on Ferrari after their one two finish, but I favor Red Bull. Sebastian Vettel’s early race pace before his engine problems was truly the class of the field. So, as long as the RB6 is reliable the team could well end up with two drivers on the podium, now that would really be a treat for the Australian Fans.

Of course Ferrari and McLaren have different ideas, both teams will be adding minor modifications to their cars in order to squeeze out the the last tenth of a second improvement.

Both McLaren drivers feel that the Albert Park circuit should suit the MP4-25 better than Bahrain and are looking for improved performance, in the words of Jenson Button:

“I think we head to the Albert Park circuit feeling more confident of our overall pace. It’s quite a contrast to Bahrain: no tight, low-speed sections and plenty of faster corners. We think the track configuration should suit our package.

We learnt some very useful lessons about MP4-25 in the opening race, and the whole team is keen to put them into practice this weekend.”

Lewis Hamilton also believes that his performance will improve and is also looking forward to driving on the Albert Park circuit again:

“I’ve always enjoyed Albert Park. I had a great race here on my Formula 1 debut in 2007, won the race a year later and made full use of KERS to drive through the field there last year. But, for me, the best things about the Australian Grand Prix are the people and the atmosphere. The fans in the grandstands, the people in the city and the organisation at the track are all fantastic, and it is one of the most welcoming and relaxing events of the year. I really love it.I’m looking forward to Melbourne. I like the circuit, I think we’ll go well there and I don’t think we’ll have the same problems that slowed our progress in Bahrain.”

It seems like Albert Park is a favorite circuit for many of the Drivers, as with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso:

“I like the Albert Park track. It’s quite a technical circuit with some pretty interesting corners. Overtaking has never been easy and what is even more important now, like on all city circuits, is the result in the qualifying. We have to see how the tyres behave with different fuel loads and temperatures, which will be different from the ones we had during testing and in Bahrain. I think that many of us have given some hot headed comments immediately after the race in Bahrain. It’s true that the race in Sakhir wasn’t especially spectacular – although for us Ferraristi it was great and exciting – but it’s too early to talk about changing the rules. We have to wait and see different races and check the situation, without being emotional. Something that confuses the fans is changing the rules all the time.

The weekend in Melbourne is one of my preferred ones for the atmosphere at the paddock and in the city. It’s really special and it seems that everybody is following the event. There’s lots of action on the track and it’s good to see so many people on the grandstands. Let’s hope we can provide a good show to our fans, for more great satisfaction.

However If Mark Webber has anything to do with it is going to be Red Bulls Day – Good Onya Mate!!

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