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5 Early Predictions for the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix

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2.94K   //    09 May 2018, 04:02 IST

2017 Spanish GP
F1 cars on the track in Spain

This year's season of Formula One has been incredible so far, with the championship lead just recently changing hands to Lewis Hamilton.

With Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen all on Hamilton's tail, the championship really could go to anyone at this point.

Force India, Renault, McLaren, Haas, and others are all vying for points in the midfield, and Red Bull will be looking to bounce back from a devastating result in Baku.

Spain is a generally exciting race. There have been 10 different winners between 2007 to 2016, until Lewis Hamilton broke that streak and won for the second time in 4 years in 2017.

However, this country has seen some great victories including the likes of Max Verstappen and Pastor Maldonado.

Will we see another first-time winner? Will Verstappen, Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen or hometown favorite Fernando Alonso take a repeat victory? Who will leave Spain as the World title leader? We sure don't know but like always that won't stop us from guessing!


#1 Raikkonen Takes Pole from Vettel

Vettel in Spain 2017
Raikkonen in Spain 2017

The Ferraris have been blisteringly fast this season, and even with Mercedes infamous party mode, Hamilton and Bottas have for the most part been unable to pull it all together and take pole from Vettel since the first round in Australia.

Vettel's teammate Kimi Raikkonen has been driving unbelievably well so far, and has just missed out on pole by the slimmest of margins in Bahrain and because of the smallest of mistakes in Baku.

This time round in Spain, we predict that the Finn will have it all together, and shoot that Ferrari straight onto the very front of the grid.

Raikkonen has driven well and has a lot of experience at Spain, and while Vettel is, of course, no stranger to the track either, we say that Raikkonen will be less prone to making mistakes at a track like Spain where he is so familiar.


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