So Ferrari are flying away at the front. McLaren at first were just worried about BMW but have Renault bridged the gap?
Ferrari aren’t planning on using their new nose cone with the hole this weekend because it only really seems to help on certain kinds of circuits. In the Ferrari camp Kimi is riding high but Turkey has been a Massa circuit for the last two years – he won both times.
Over at McLaren they will have to keep in front of BMW in qualifying if they are going to get on terms with Ferrari. Will Heikki be right back in the saddle or will he be a bit corner shy? Lewis seems to have lost his way. McLaren seem to be about 6/10ths off the pace this year. What they need is a driver who can personally deliver 6/10ths – whoops.
Further back Williams seem to be drifting off as the manufacturers outspend them during the inseason development. Red Bull seem to be having the same problem. Mark Webber keeps nabbing the odd point or two every so often. He scored some in Spain so he might well bin it this weekend. Coulthard is spending too much time practicing his commentating for his rumored job next year and keeps forgetting to look in his mirrors.
A quick note about a rule clarification. With no Super Aguri now the rules for Qualifying it will be 5 out in Q1 and 5 out in Q2. This means Force India’s dream of getting into Q2 is looking more and more tricky (although I wouldn’t put it past Fisi in Monaco).
So who’s on Pole? And who are your top eight finishers? As always we’d love to know before qualifying starts.