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Prediction game: Round 5 – Spain

May 7th, 2009

Heikki Kovalainen, Spain, 2008After a two week break Formula One returns to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.

Jenson Button has dominated the opening races but most teams will be heading to Barcelona with significant upgrades so expect Toyota and Red Bull to be nipping at Brawn’s heels.

While McLaren, Renault and Force India have already run interim double-decker diffusers, Spain will see Ferrari deploying their version and we will find out if Adrian Newey has managed to wrap a new diffuser around the Red Bull’s fancy rear suspension.

BMW have abandoned KERS for now and are hoping a significant aero update (although without a double-diffuser) can salvage their terrible start to the season.  BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen is optimistic:

The aerodynamic package we will line up with in Barcelona is extensive and affects practically every part of the car.  That is why I am convinced that we will take the first step in Barcelona.  We are expecting to be more than half a second quicker per lap.

Heikki Kovalainen still can’t remember anything about the 2008 Spanish Grand Prix after parking his car in the wall but the high-downforce Circuit de Catalunya probably won’t suit the McLaren.  Lewis Hamilton will be hard pressed to equal his fourth place in Bahrain but having the best KERS on the grid might help.

To make your predictions in round 5 of the f1buzz prediction game, just leave a comment on this post with your driver predictions for the race in the following format:

Fastest lap:

The deadline is start of qualifying on Saturday.  Good luck!

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  1. Nathan Keen
    May 7th, 2009 at 12:50 | #1

    Pole: Barrichello
    First: Vettel
    Second: Barrichello
    Third: Hamilton
    Fastest lap: Glock

    Im sure i am coming last, it is very lucky for me i didn’t take up a career in sports betting…

  2. May 7th, 2009 at 16:26 | #2

    Nick Heidfeld thinks it will be a Brawn GP 1-2, with Alonso on the third step: http://www.f1network.net/main/s491/st144112.htm

  3. May 8th, 2009 at 08:27 | #3

    G’day again,

    Okay next rank guess:
    1st: Button
    2nd: Trulli
    3rd: Vettel
    Fastest lap: Button

  4. correa
    May 8th, 2009 at 16:00 | #4

    Pole: Alonso
    First: Alonso
    Second: Button
    Third: Vettel
    Fastest lap: Alonso

  5. Andrzej
    May 9th, 2009 at 06:55 | #5

    Pole: Trulli
    First: Button
    Second: Hamilton
    Third: Vettel
    Fastest lap: Hamilton

  6. Andrew Hill
    May 9th, 2009 at 10:02 | #6

    Pole: Button
    First: Button
    Second: Vettel
    Third: Massa
    Fastest lap: Button

  7. Sergio
    May 9th, 2009 at 10:15 | #7

    Pole: Massa
    First: Button
    Second: Massa
    Third: Barrichello
    Fastest lap: Raikkonen

  8. May 9th, 2009 at 10:48 | #8

    Pole: Button
    First: Button
    Second: Vettel
    Third: Raikkonen
    Fastest lap: Massa

    Can’t help myself from picking the Ferraris again.

  9. Matthew Townsend
    May 9th, 2009 at 10:55 | #9

    Pole: Barrichello
    First: Button
    Second: Vettel
    Third: Hamilton
    Fastest lap: Button

  10. Kathryn
    May 9th, 2009 at 11:02 | #10

    Pole: Button
    First: Button
    Second: Trulli
    Third: Vettel
    Fastest lap: Vettel

  11. correa
    May 9th, 2009 at 11:40 | #11

    ok, my Alonso dream is off
    Pole: Button
    First: Button
    Second: Barrichello
    Third: Massa
    Fastest lap: Button

  12. Andrew Hill
    May 9th, 2009 at 13:05 | #12

    Ouch! Bet picking Raikkonen for 3rd place isn’t looking so good now! Big mistake in Q1!

  13. May 9th, 2009 at 13:10 | #13

    Yeah. 🙁 The Ferrari looks like it is quick enough though. Just another dodgy decision from Ferrari.

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