Chuckjr wrote:Just curious here, but why is virtually nobody picking Alonso for the win? What is it about the circuit that is Ferrari unfriendly?
I don't think Ferrari/Fernando is/will be particularly rubbish around Valencia, but I think in Valencia, Hamilton and Vettel are two Valencia specialists. I expect them to have an edge on him, at least in driving stakes.
beelsebob wrote:Chuckjr wrote:Just curious here, but why is virtually nobody picking Alonso for the win? What is it about the circuit that is Ferrari unfriendly?
The track temperature and optimal tyre temperature for the car, though Ferrari are a little bit of an unknown... Merc don't stand a chance, RBR and Lotus should be quick, McLaren and Ferrari are a little unknonwn though McLaren may not be great.
Just about agreed. Ferrari (especially in their latest exhaust iteration is a bit of an unknown at the moment
ringo wrote:raikonen doesnt have the edge this year. He has the craft but i dont think he has the speed like grosjean. Romaine to me looks more likely to win a race;if he survives the first 15 laps.
I'm a massive Raikkonen fan, but sadly I have to agree with you there.
Mclaren may not do to well in the heat, but they may have learnt from last year and improved their car in that sense.
It's interesting isn't it. Traction + heat seems to be so weird on the McLaren. They burnt up their rears in Valencia 2011, but then were fine in Singapore 2011. Then they burn up their rears badly in Bahrain, but in Canada where it was hotter they come out on top.
To memory, the weather and temperatures stay more or less consistent through the Valencia weekend, and the change in track conditions really only come about in track evolution and cleaning up from a dirty track. Will be interesting to see how the teams fare in what should be another consistent-temperature race; especially as it's the first one since Mugello. We've had quite a few microclimates happening in the last 3 grands prix, with what I consider the last "temperature consistent" race weekend to be China and Bahrain.