Raging Red Bull make it four from four

Posted on April 17, 2010


Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position yet again after snatching top spot from Mark Webber in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Red Bull squad showed no ill effects from the FIA ruling on ride-height systems and Christian Horner is telling anyone who will listen there was never such a device in the first place. What is perfectly clear is Adrian Newey’s car is frighteningly quick and Ferrari and McLaren must have real concerns about the season getting away from them.

Alonso is well placed in third if the famous Red Bull gremlins return to haunt either of the front row drivers – and assuming the apparently fragile Ferrari engine holds out. Nico Rosberg could also benefit if he can hold station in fourth. Britain’s duo of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will be disappointed to be fifth and sixth after looking racy all weekend. Jenson can find some consolation in winning his third qualifying battle against Lewis.

Further back, Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher had a disappointing day and both will hope for rain. Torro Rosso have had a great qualifying scoring 12th and 13th and Buemi’s scary accident in practice. Sauber and Williams continue to disappoint.

What then for the race? Vettel told the press conference he was expecting rain and if it turns up this will be a cracking Grand Prix. Vettel himself is great in the rain especially if leading from the front. Equally, the McLaren pair always go well in the rain and Lewis must be desperate to get a good result.

Predictions then: In the dry, Vettel to win from Alonso and Rosberg. In the wet, Vettel from Lewis and Jenson.