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Nic Ladds 7th May 2010 - 15:59

F1 Spanish Grand Prix: Ferrari F-duct by McLaren

The F1 world begins its European swing this week following a two week break from Jensen Button's round 4 victory in China, and we'll be hovering around the European Union until September!

So this is where the 2010 season can really begin to hot up as the Circuit de Cataluña holds its 20th formula one race weekend.

The drivers and teams have had their four season opening races on-the-road.

We've had Bahrain, Australia, Malaysia and China, so the ‘on-the-road' stint is complete and for a few months at least, the drivers returning to more familiar European ground.

They've put plenty of miles down in testing and now the teams have an idea of what works and more importantly, what doesn't.

The Circuit de Cataluña will be all about aero packages and expect to see a spattering of McLaren influenced F-ducts around the paddock this weekend as the Formula One teams come to terms with the pacey "Turn 3", a long sweeping turn in which the cars will utilise every part of the car's aerodynamics.

Ferrari's Giancarlo Fisichella has been seen testing a version of the wing stalling 'F-duct' system at the Viorano circuit as under current regulations, teams are allowed four days of aerodynamic testing during the season.

Ferrari took advantage of this rule to run their own version of McLaren's 'F-duct' system ahead of next weekend's Spanish grand prix in Barcelona.

Saturday's qualification will have a greater-than-usual impact on race day with the Montmelo circuit notorious for its lack of overtaking opportunities, so high grid positions should see a good race finish.

Fernando Alonso, Spain's only ever champion, will be keen to impress on what is truly his home grand prix, but Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull team are again expected to be flying high in Saturday qualification, with the McLaren's also expected to gain advantage with their experience of the F-duct.

So, with the information gathered from the Asian races, the Circuit de Cataluña this weekend should bring us the most competitive race of the 2010 season. The only thing missing would be an exciting spot of rain to spice up the action!

Spanish Grand Prix Qualification: Back Lewis Hamilton @ 9/2 or Sebastian Vettel @ 11/10

Spanish Grand Prix Qualification Winning Constructor: McLaren @ 3/1




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