That was immensely frustrating. Alonso came second by 0.002s. On the plus side, my evens lay did get matched, so if you set one up you should be no worse off. That’s damned irritating.
Alonso and Vettel are in a league of their own here. Massa’s third, closely followed by Webber, with row three made up of Button and Hamilton.
The weather forecast is for a dry race.
I’m not backing either of the favourites for the win. Vettel’s evens and Alonso’s 3, but given the high unpredictability of F1 I don’t fancy either at those odds, despite the fact that they’re streets ahead of the field.
The latter half of the track is very narrow, and I imagine overtaking opportunities there will be very limited. Turn 6 (the hairpin) is the place where I suspect most passing will occur. I think this could be to the advantage of the McLarens. They won’t be passed in sector 3, where they’re relatively slow, because it’s narrow, but will be able to pass people in turn 6. Well, that’s my guess, anyway.
Given the McLarens are more reliable than the Red Bulls and have better race than qualifying pace, I’m going to back Button at 3.9 to get a podium. There’s limited liquidity, so I’d take 3.5 or above.
Gutted the Alonso tip was so close but didn’t come off.