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Red Bull Return In Qualifying

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Red BullsSaturdays in 2010 have been all about one team. Although Lewis Hamilton may have taken pole position last time out in Canada, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel still managed second and third on the grid, despite opting to qualify on the harder compound tyre. For me, that is hardly a crashing fall from the the form that has seen them dominate Q3 so far this season; taking all of the previous seven pole positions. Continue reading…


From Lights to Flag in Spain

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Circuit de CatalunyaThe Circuit de Catalunya is renowned for being processional. It is the circuit that the teams know best, where car set-up should be as close to optimal as possible and where the layout provides such limited opportunities for passing. This puts more emphasis on qualifying position than any circuit that we have visited so far this season. Continue reading…

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May 8, 2010 at 9:51 am

Back To The Front in Brazil

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After yesterday’s eventful qualifying session, we are left with starting grid that few would have predicted. The headlines will focus on Barrichello finally turning up at his home circuit and Button handling the pressure like only a Brit knows how, but it is the performance of some of the supporting cast that I think gives the best opportunity make some money from the race. Continue reading…

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October 18, 2009 at 11:18 am

No Joy for Nico in Singapore

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I think that the market has it more or less right for this weekend. My only involvement at this stage is laying Rosberg at 1.9 in the Q3 market.

All of Brawn, Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, and very likely Force India will provide extremely tough opposition, and it would be no surprise to see BMW and (to a lesser extent, Toyota) also give the team some headaches in Qualifying.

In recent races, the Williams has looked a pale shadow of the car which started the season, and I think Nico has a major job on to make it into Q3. I think his unrepresentative race here last year is helping to dictate his price, but he is no odds-on poke, as far as I’m concerned.

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September 25, 2009 at 9:44 am

Finger on the Button at Monza

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Kimi Raikkonen’s use of his Kinetic Energy Recovery System – or KERS as it is widely known – was largely responsible for us turning a healthy profit at the last round of the World Championship in Belgium. It looks like the device again has a role to play this weekend, particularly in qualifying. Continue reading…

Podium Punts for Unpredictable Spa

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An extremely interesting qualifying session has blown the markets wide open for tomorrow’s race. I’m writing this before the fuel weights are out, but I’m already pretty pleased with my Raikkonen bet. If he can gain a couple of places in the opening laps – utilising his KERS – then I think that he is well placed for a podium finish (unexpected Spa Francochamps occurrences withstanding). Continue reading…

Super Sutil to strike in Spain

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A bit rushed for time… but BlueSq’s 2/1 for Adrian Sutil to make Q3 here in Valencia looks like an error to me. Forget about him topping the time-sheet in the interrupted FP3, he was also bang in contention in both FP1 and FP2. This indicates that the performance step that he mentioned in previewing the race is really effective around here. Even when looking at the ‘ideal’ lap times that drivers have been able to post in practice – stringing together their best three sectors – Sutil has been inside the top six in every session.

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August 22, 2009 at 11:07 am