Can Lewis Hamilton finally have that big weekend?

Posted on May 28, 2010

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McLaren will be hoping to take advantage of their f-duct technology to reign in the Red Bull team in Turkey this weekend.

Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to finally have the big weekend he has missed out on so far this season. Credit: http://www.mclaren.com

And after the first two practice sessions, the omens are looking good: the Woking squad have topped the time sheets in both of today’s sessions, with Lewis Hamilton almost a second clear of the entire field this morning. The Briton has got to be desperate for a big weekend after a frustrating season so far and the team’s clever f-duct should be very handy on the series of straights.

That said, practice times are often a poor indicator of form. The Red Bull cars will remain frighteningly quick this weekend and it would not be sensible to install anyone else as the favourite. They have had a couple of gremlins already this weekend, with Webber stopping out on track late in practice two with an apparent engine problem, but the team has looked far too good over the past couple of weekends.

Elsewhere on the grid, the Lotus team looks to have made another step. Mike Gascoyne has continued to tweet about his team’s efforts and the big thing they have brought this weekend is a new light-weight rear wing. Of all the new teams they continue to look the best, though Virgin Racing has now got two of its B-Spec cars and hopefully they can stabilise the error-strewn operation we have seen so far.

Hispania Racing look shaky to me. They’ve split with designers Dallara without a single upgrade to the car and presumably the 2010 contender has now had development frozen. They will fall further and further back each weekend. How they’ll keep the sponsors on board I don’t know.

The biggest disappointment of the weekend is likely to be the crowds. Turkey has never been a busy weekend despite the fact it’s one of the more decent new tracks of the past couple of years. But a lot of the time, I fear, it’s going to be like a test session though. Hopefully the race will make up for the limited atmosphere on Sunday.

It should be a straight fight between the Red Bulls and McLarens. I’m picking Vettel for the win, Hamilton and Webber to get on the podium.

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