Will it be moving day in Barcelona?

Posted on May 6, 2010

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By Friday morning everything could have changed – and it won’t just be because the General Election has brought the moving vans to Downing Street.

The Spanish Grand Prix is finally here after a three-week break and the Barcelona weekend feels a lot like the season is starting all over again. Everyone’s going to have upgrades and there’s no way of knowing who’s going to be out front. Red Bull have clearly been fastest so far but it’s Jenson Button’s McLaren at the top of the table and it’s moving day.

McLaren are bringing new wings and a new floor, Ferrari have introduced an f-duct and Mercedes are extending the wheelbase and bringing other upgrades for Michael Schumacher. We don’t know much about the Red Bull plans but Adrian Newey will no doubt have come up with something. Any of eight cars could take pole on Saturday.

I’d guess Red Bull will probably still be just about the quickest but McLaren will be much closer to the quali pace. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jenson or Lewis Hamilton on the top step by close of play Sunday.

Down the field, Lotus are expecting up to two seconds from their new package. That will put them close to the midfield and will mean Kovalainen and Trulli can race with the Toro Rosso and Sauber cars, especially if they get a bit of luck in qualifying.

Virgin Racing continues to be a disaster. They’ve only managed to upgrade one car with a bigger fuel tank and other aero upgrades. The cut and shut job to fit in the bigger tank is probably going to negate any other upgrades Nick Wirth can bring. It’s time for them to step up and justify some of the pre-season talk.

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