Red Bull and Ferrari set to battle for British win

Posted on July 9, 2011

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Silverstone looks set to be a fight between Red Bull and Ferrari with home favourites McLaren struggling.

Will Red Bull and Ferrari leave McLaren behind? Credit: Red Bull/Getty

After a sodden opening day in Northamptonshire, Sebastian Vettel assumed his familiar position at the top of the time sheets in third practice.

The championship leaders have not yet been obviously hurt by changes to the diffuser rules.

But Ferrari have been close in all sessions and Felipe Massa was fastest in the heavy rain yesterday afternoon.

The thousands of McLaren fans packed into the circuit look set to have a frustrating weekend with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton showing little sign of the pace required to launch a challenge for a home win.

The field was unusually spread today with only the four leading cars covered by less than a second. If that’s repeated in qualifying they could disappear into a race of their own.

What has already been frustrating this weekend has been the chopping and changing of the diffusers rules. Bad enough the FiA was intervening mid season to change the rules.

But concessions allowed to Renault powered cars have now been changed on both Friday and Saturday following protests from the various sides. It’s farsical.

What probably won’t change is the chance of a Red Bull win. I’m predicting a Vettel, Alonso and Webber podium.

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