2013 Pole Lap
2014 tyre selection
Prime = Medium
Option = Soft
One of the most boring races of the year, with only one real overtaking zone. This year's lack of downforce will push down lap times to make it even more boring. I'm guessing pole will be in the 1:23 range. It is very hot there during this time of year, and the key to a fast lap time is high amounts of mid speed downforce to keep the highest amount of momentum through the second sector. Sector 1 is all about engine power, and sector three is characterized by slow never ending turns.
Weather forcasts are claiming a 38C temperature for the weekend which is the hottest of the year so far. I don't think it will rain, although I'm kind of hoping it does for the race.
Hamilton is massive around here, if nothing catastrophic happens he'll walk away with this one. This may be Red Bull's best chance to have a good result, although the Ferrari is slowly getting better. I don't think the Williams will do as well here as it has in the last two tracks because mid speed downforce is so important.