This weekend we have the European Grand Prix to look forward to, for the fifth season running it’s hosted by Valencia in Spain. I will attempt to preview the race in what has so far been a very unpredictable season.
Valencia is a street circuit that some might unkindly call Monaco but without the history and character. Unlike Monaco however, there is usually a reasonable amount of overtaking as the track is relatively wide with some long straights.
Sebastian Vettel has won the last two races hosted at the track and he must be seen as favourite for the win yet again. Having said that as nobody seems to have fully got to grips with the Pirelli tyres this season, he’s certainly not clear favourite and his main rival I expect will be Lewis Hamilton, who will be looking to make it back to back wins here after his good showing in Canada a fortnight ago. Hamilton should go well here as he has done so in previous races without actually having won, but he has been on pole.
We have had seven different winners from the first seven races this season so far, but I really doubt we will see a new winner to make it eight winners from eight races. Other than Vettel and Hamilton, there is only one other driver I can see having a good chance of winning and making it their second victory of the season and that man is Fernando Alonso. If Ferrari have genuinely bridged the gap to the leaders, as it appeared in Canada and the track temperatures favour them, Alonso could certainly pull off the win.
I wouldn’t completely rule out Webber or Button’s chances either and the Mercedes drivers might also be able to challenge but I think it’s fairly unlikely. It would also be good to see Williams produce something here but they seem to be far too inconsistent.
If we are to see an eighth race winner, it’s possible the Lotus drivers could take a win if things go their way, both Raikkonen and Grosjean have shown flashes of brilliance this season but not enough to really make you think they have a serious chance of taking the chequered flag.
Whatever happens it’s likely to be hot and sunny for the race and the Safety Car is likely to be busy!