So, what are we expecting? Although Williams never truly show their pace during practice, we expect both Bottas and Massa to struggle on type of circuit which is known not to favour the FW27. Expect Williams to be stronger again when we head to Russia and Japan next. On the contrary, we expect Red Bull and McLaren to put in some of their best Saturday results of the season on a less power dependent track, with more emphasis placed on aero, where Red Bull are exceptionally strong. Sauber’s new upgrades may see them jump above Lotus, who’s financial troubles may start to catch up with them as they begin to lose touch in the development race.
In a nutshell
- Williams to struggle
- Red Bull and McLaren to show improvement
- Sauber to jump above Maldonado, and maybe Grosjean
We’ll check back in after qualifying to see if our predictions were accurate. If you feel differently about today’s qualifying session let us know below, we’d be interested to see your predictions!