Hopes high for Spanish Grand Prix
All eyes will be on Catalunya on Sunday, May 12th for the Formula One “Gran Premio de España 2013” and the drivers can’t wait!
Sebastian Vettel currently heads the drivers’ table with 77 points, ahead of Kimi Rakkonen with 67 and Lewis Hamilton third on 50. Close behind is Spain’s Fernando Alonso on 47 points with Jenson Button trailing in tenth on just 13.
Hoping for better fortunes, Button said: “The start of the European season in Spain always feels like a fresh start to the year. Suddenly, you’re back in Europe, the motorhomes and transporters are all lined up in the paddock and it feels like a second home for everyone. It’s been difficult for the team to make consistent progress through the first four races but I think returning to a circuit where we undertook two of the pre-season tests will give us a useful benchmark of our progress so far.”
There’s also much anticipation from Vettel who told the F1 website: “The whole Barcelona circuit is interesting as it includes all types of corners and offers a really good mix but my favourite part is still the first sector, because it has really quick corners. It’s good to be back in Europe and in Spain in particular. The atmosphere is always very special at the European races and the weather is usually good too. It helps that the travelling time to and from events is shorter and there’s no need to adapt to a time difference.”
Rival Raikkonen has won twice in Barcelona and was on the podium there last year so hopes to end the weekend with another good result.
For Lewis Hamilton, it will be a case of consolidating on the unexpected success so far with his new team.
” We’ve been boosted by the results that we’ve had at the start of the season and to come away from the first four races with two third and two fifth places feels like a real achievement. I’m feeling very comfortable in the car now and we know the areas that we need to improve so a lot of effort is being put in to close that gap to the front-runners. Barcelona should be a good test as we know the circuit so well having completed most of the pre-season test programme there. The weekend should be a good benchmark of the progress we have made since then.”