Formula 1 European Grand Prix Preview in Valencia
With the European Grand Prix this Sunday, who’ll take the mid season lead?
It’s now less than two days away, can the points leader Lewis Hamilton make it a third win
on the trot in Valencia for McLaren? I hope so. The 5.42 kilometre track twists through some hair raising corners in the Spanish City’s dock area, combined with some high-speed straights, it is going to be a tricky challenge for the teams’ engineers. The other big factor to consider here is that this circuit is forever changing, it being used for commercial traffic when not a race track. In his home country Fernando Alonso is pegging his hopes on an aerodynamic modification to the Ferrari F10. Red Bull, Mercedes, Force India and Williams all have their f-ducts all though not all teams have decided whether to race with them or not. Personally I prefer my self designed q-duct activated by simply crossing my legs, works a charm. Last year Rubens Barrichello took the win with a time of 1:35:51 after starting on the grid in third place, with Lewis Hamilton coming in second place only 2.3 seconds behind. Lewis has finished second on this track in 2 consecutive seasons and is really looking for the win this time. It will also be an important weekend for Lotus Racing as it will be their 500th Grand Prix, and Colin Chapman’s (Founder of Lotus) son Clive will be present together with the first Lotus single-seater, the Type 12 from 1956. If you can’t wait that long to get some racing action, create your own with Team-Sport’s Championship and start competing today.