Formula One Betting – Spanish Grand Prix

Formula 1 - bettingFormula 1 is returning to Europe for the first time this season for the Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona. Red Bull’s Mark Webber will be starting in pole position in the race today at 13:00 GMT, but he has Sebastian Vettel right behind him, who is surely ready to overtake the lead from his Red Bull team-mate.

One of the most exciting stops

The Spanish Grand Prix is always one of the most exciting stops on the Formula One calendar. Many of the drivers know the track inside out, as Circuit de Catalunya has been on the calendar since 1991 and is used for both pre- and in-season training by many teams. The Barcelona Circuit is well-known for its great combinations of slow, medium and high speed corners, which make it a perfect test destination the Formula One teams. At the same time it is considered the place where the season really kicks off and normally the cars that perform well here will be quick anywhere.

In yesterday’s qualification for the Spanish Grand Prix, the Red Bull team showed their superiority by ensuring first and second position. The racing track at Circuit de Catalunya normally rewards cars with best grip and downforce, which were displaced well by the Red Bull cars during both practice and qualification. Securing first and second in two out of three practice sessions and once again dominating the qualification, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel will start the race from pole and second position. What had to be noted is that the qualification yesterday saw the improved Red Bull car do laps almost a full second faster than their competitors and the way is paved for Red Bull victory today. Actually the performance from Webber and Vettel was so strong, that it remain a huge question which other car and driver that could even come close to challenge the Red Bull team today.

The grid in today’s race:

Position Driver Team Q time
1 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 01:20.0
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 01:20.1
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 01:20.8
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 01:20.9
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 01:21.0
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 01:21.3
7 Robert Kubica Renault 01:21.4
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 01:21.4
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari 01:21.6
10 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 01:22.0
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 01:22.0
12 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 01:22.0
13 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 01:22.1
14 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:22.2
15 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:22.2
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 01:22.9
17 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 01:23.1
18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 01:24.7
19 Vitaly Petrov Renault 01:22.1
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 01:24.7
21 Karun Chandhok Hispania-Cosworth 01:26.8
22 Bruno Senna Hispania-Cosworth 01:27.1
23 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 01:25.5
24 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 01:25.6

So far the Red Bull team has only managed to win one race, even though they have secured pole position in each and every race. The Barcelona F1 Grand Prix will show if the Red Bull team have managed to improve the stamina of their car on top of the significant extra speed they showed in the qualification. Should the cars perform during the whole race today, then the rest of the field surely are fighting for third position and downwards, as Red Bull will take the first to places.

Mark Webber is rightfully the favorite in today’s Formula 1 Grand Prix and can be backed at 888sport, William Hill and Victor Chandler at the price of 2.20, while Sebastian Vettel is a close second favorite and can be played at odds 2.37 at 888sports and William Hill.

This said sport betters should be aware of the possibility of rain today, which might help the drivers in third to sixth position. Therefore you could also consider betting on an outsider today with higher odds. Currently you can back Lewis Hamilton at 7.50 at William Hill, Fernando Alonso at 13 at Victor Chandler, Jenson Button at 21 Victor Chandler and Michael Schumacher at 41 at 888sport. They are all than capable of taking Red Bull on, if the track should get wet, especially if the team botches their tire selection like they did in China.

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