May 11, 2012
2012 Spanish Grand Prix Preview
Traditionally, the race at the Circuit de Catalunya have been pretty snoozy affairs usually resolved between qualifying and the end of the first lap. But the season so far has thrown so many unexpected surprises, there is some hope!
A few things to look out for this week end.
Mclaren will run the new "not so pretty" platypus looking high nose. Alonso was fastest in the first practice with everyone running on hard tires, a good sign but still, first to eleventh were within just 1 second.
What has been discussed less is something more traditional, power. Headers and exhausts are an area where teams and engine builders are free to ply their arts and a little birdie tells me Lotus Renault have the most efficient system. Lotus have focused more on power than aero effect. Ferrari at the beginning of the season had gone the opposite way, now they reconfigured to be more like Sauber and Lotus.
Tires and pit stops
Who will play the tires better on a track which is murder on front left. Will Mclaren finally get their pit stops right. Will Schumacher stop whining like he's Rubens?