The Spanish Grand Prix was decided at the weekend, and it has proven that in terms of pace, Red Bull are the team to beat. But their reliability has still come under scrutiny as Sebastian Vettel struggled once again with the RB6 and was lucky to end up with a podium finish. Fortune favoured the German rather than the German powered McLaren of Lewis Hamilton who suffered a puncture on the penultimate lap.
Honours at the Circuit De Catalunya went to Australian Mark Webber who all weekend long looked unbeatable and well deserved his first victory of the year. The podium was rounded off by a great drive from Fernando Alonso, who would have rather won his home event, but the Spanish crowd seemed pleased with second. Fernando helped his title hopes, scoring more points than current drivers championship leader Jenson Button. Button, after a bad pit stop was leap-frogged by Michael Schumacher who had his best finish of the year.
The result means Red Bull are back in contention for both world championships but still sit third behind McLaren and Ferrari. The result also means that Mercedes GP are looking set for fourth as they are still behind the top three by some considerable time and points.
As the title of this article suggests can Red Bull keep this going? Critics still doubt the Red Bull can stay in one piece and grab its first World title in both championships. With engine limitations in place it may prove difficult, the team could be responsible for over engineering the car, it has been said in China and Barcelona that the teams have been working flat out to get the car to the front of the grid. It would be difficult for a team to keep this up all through the season as the burn out factor starts to take hold in the longest season of Formula One for some time.
We move to the glitz and glamour of Monaco at the weekend a circuit which Red Bull have yet to win but stand favourite to do so in 2010 with Sebastian Vettel at 2/1. McLaren are the most successful team to ever grace the Circuit De Monaco and stand at good odds of 7/2 with Hamilton, but not so good odds for last year’s event winner Jenson Button, currently 8/1, behind Fernando Alonso at 4/1 and Mark Webber at 5/1. Monaco is a good circuit for first time winners so an outside punt is always a good idea. Try Nico Rosberg at 33/1 or Robert Kubica at 50/1.
Odds from Betfred. All odds were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.