Button nabs pole in Spain
The Catalunya circuit hosts tomorrow Spanish Grand Prix with Jensen Button taking pole position on the grid for the Brawn team. Despite all the teams now operating from a level technical field, and supposedly most launching new designs this weekend, not too much has changed in the grid except Massa nabbing a useful 4th position for Ferrari. Teammate and smiling-boy Raikkonen is way down in 16th. Lewis Hamilton only managed 14th on the grid, suggesting McLaren are slipping further behind the smaller teams whilst Maranello may have eliminated their own glitches.
Great news for Brawn with Barrichello at 3rd, surrounding Vettel for Red Bull who was pipped narrowly for top spot. Notable mentions include Piquet who overcame his confidence problems of late to nab 12th on the grid, with local boy Alonso 8th just behind the Toyotas. Mark Webber continues to do well, albeit in Vettel’s shadow, with 5th place and hopefully his recent run of bad luck has not followed him to the Spanish air.
All set fair for a great race tomorrow, assuming the rain stays mainly away from the plain. Flying off to the sun tomorrow, I will miss the fun and will not be able to file my usual post-race musings here for a day or so. Still, at least I won’t have to suffer Legard’s appalling commentary for the BBC. I just hope I can catch the highlights on satellite.
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