Vital Login
Social Login

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's F1, It's Vital'

Sauber surprise

Sauber may well have surprised many during Thursday's test session, but do not doubt for a second that it will be Red Bull and Ferrari fighting it out for pole position in Australia.

Rookie Sergio Perez set a stunning lap of 1 minute 21.761 seconds to top the tables in Barcelona, he had done it once before but his lap was chalked off, this time however his lap was legal, with no short cuts taken!

They did confess to setting the lap on very low fuel and on Pirelli's super soft tyres. But the pace was clear for everyone to see, putting them 0.331 seconds faster than Felipe Massa's Ferrari and 0.705 seconds ahead of Mark Webber's Red Bull.

"People think that now I will go to Melbourne and win, but we have to be realistic. This won't happen." Perez told the press after his run.

While the pace was impressive, it wasn't all good news for Sauber though as once they switched to making longer runs they suffered a KERS problem and later brought out the red flag with Perez stopping at the pit exit. But they still managed to complete 95 laps so overall a very solid day from them but the focus remains on Ferrari and Red Bull.

Ferrari managed to creep ahead of Red Bull and when asked who Massa thought were the favourites heading into the start of the 2011 Formula One season, the Brazilian said: 'First of all it's the team who won last year, And second, they are very quick here. Yesterday Sebastian did a very quick time. So I point to Red Bull.'

Unsurprisingly Mark Webber returned the compliment with neither team wanting to appear over confident. 'I think Ferrari is strong. I think we're going okay and the rest is hard to say,'

'The form is still very hard, I would not put my house on qualifying in Melbourne, I don't know who has the outright pace. I don't know. I think we're going okay but it's impossible for me to know what the red guys are doing. Race runs they are going okay, they look quick.'


McLaren took the day off on Thursday, but return to the track today and tomorrow and hope that a number of upgrades will push them closer into contention.

But it's very difficult to look past the Red Bull's and Ferrari for the race win in Australia.

So who will start the season as they mean to go on? Will Formula One's youngest World Champion Sebastian Vettel get his title defence under way in style? Will Ferrari's Fernando Alonso be ready to fight as soon as the lights go out?

Or will McLaren's British dream team laugh in the face of recent tests and brush aside the competition?

So following a false start, our front page poll asks exactly that question: Who will win the Australian Grand Prix?

To vote, simply login using your Vital Network username and make your prediction!

We will be running a prediction vote ahead of every race this season, so it will be interesting to see just how accurate (or not) our predictions are!

If you were curious as to how our previous vote for the Bahrain Grand Prix ended, then these were the results:

Sebastian Vettel 25%, Lewis Hamilton 24%, Fernando Alonso 22%, Jenson Button 10%, Mark Webber 6%, Others 13%.

While I'm here let me quickly take this opportunity to also announce our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest on Vital F1 through our fan pages.

Vital F1 on: facebook

Vital F1 on: twitter








Join Vital F1

It's easy to join up and join in on VitalF1.com, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

If you are already a member of Vital Football, your logins will automatically work on VitalF1.com!

The Journalist

Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 11 2011

Time: 12:00PM

Your Comments

I was definitely surprised. Then again I heard that they had a major cash boost from a few Mexican sponsors.
__villa__
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Vital F1 Articles

Hulkenberg to stay with Force India (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Pirelli change selection for Brazil (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Blog: Mercedes reaps what it sows (Monday October 20 2014)

Vettel set to pay the penalty (Friday October 17 2014)

Caterham remain bullish (Friday October 17 2014)

Rosberg can swing momentum (Thursday October 16 2014)

Lotus dump Renault for Mercedes (Wednesday October 15 2014)

Button does not need to prove himself (Wednesday October 15 2014)

Hamilton contract talks on hold (Tuesday October 14 2014)

Mercedes win F1 constructors title (Tuesday October 14 2014)

Bianchi will not give up (Tuesday October 14 2014)

Pirelli make final selections (Monday October 13 2014)

Blog: Russian GP Report (Monday October 13 2014)

2014 - Russia - Race (Sunday October 12 2014)

Blog: Sochi Qualifying (Saturday October 11 2014)

2014 - Russia - Qualifying (Saturday October 11 2014)

2014 - Russia - FP3 (Saturday October 11 2014)

2014 - Russia - FP2 (Friday October 10 2014)

Kvyat excited by home race (Friday October 10 2014)

Marussia to run one car in Russia (Friday October 10 2014)

2014 - Russia - FP1 (Friday October 10 2014)

Who will win in Russia (Thursday October 9 2014)

Bianchi family thankful for support (Wednesday October 8 2014)

Driver reaction from Suzuka (Tuesday October 7 2014)

Results in Japan inconsequential (Tuesday October 7 2014)

McLaren & Mercedes deny Alonso deals (Monday October 6 2014)

Blog: Japanese GP Report (Sunday October 5 2014)

Thoughts with Bianchi (Sunday October 5 2014)

2014 - Japan - Race (Sunday October 5 2014)

Blog: Suzuka Qualifying (Sunday October 5 2014)

2014 - Japan - Qualifying (Saturday October 4 2014)

What next for Alonso? (Saturday October 4 2014)

Vettel to replace Alonso at Ferrari (Saturday October 4 2014)

2014 - Japan - FP3 (Saturday October 4 2014)

2014 - Japan - FP2 (Friday October 3 2014)

2014 - Japan - FP1 (Friday October 3 2014)

Typhoon warning for Suzuka (Thursday October 2 2014)

Stevens to get F1 drive (Thursday October 2 2014)

Bailiffs seize goods at Caterham (Thursday October 2 2014)

Verstappen turns 17 and gets F1 drive (Tuesday September 30 2014)

Mercedes identify Rosberg fault (Tuesday September 30 2014)

Who will win in Japan? (Monday September 29 2014)

Button hints at new deal (Thursday September 25 2014)

No imminent announcement for McLaren (Wednesday September 24 2014)

Magnussen denies burns (Tuesday September 23 2014)

Red Bull not giving up on long shot (Tuesday September 23 2014)

Singapore swings in Hamilton's favour (Monday September 22 2014)

Will reliability decide the F1 title? (Monday September 22 2014)

Blog: Singapore GP Report (Monday September 22 2014)

2014 - Singapore - Race (Sunday September 21 2014)

Blog: Singapore Qualifying (Sunday September 21 2014)

2014 - Singapore - Qualifying (Saturday September 20 2014)

2014 - Singapore - FP3 (Saturday September 20 2014)

2014 - Singapore - FP2 (Friday September 19 2014)

2014 - Singapore - FP1 (Friday September 19 2014)

Alonso angered by Italian rumour mill (Friday September 19 2014)

Massa & Chilton raise radio ban concerns (Friday September 19 2014)

Renault aiming to optimise performance (Thursday September 18 2014)

Rosberg & Hamilton hope to gain advantage (Thursday September 18 2014)

FIA clarify new radio rules (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Lotus finances improving (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Williams want to become title contenders (Tuesday September 16 2014)

Prodromou completes McLaren switch (Tuesday September 16 2014)

Radio ban not clear says Mercedes (Monday September 15 2014)

Who will win the Singapore Grand Prix? (Monday September 15 2014)

F1 radio clamp down (Friday September 12 2014)

Massa needed podium finish (Thursday September 11 2014)

Button enjoyed Perez battle (Thursday September 11 2014)

Schumacher returns home (Wednesday September 10 2014)

Di Montezemolo steps down (Wednesday September 10 2014)

Di Montezemolo criticised by Fiat boss (Tuesday September 9 2014)

Albers quits Caterham (Tuesday September 9 2014)

Williams maximise performance (Monday September 8 2014)

Hamilton deserved victory says Rosberg (Monday September 8 2014)

Blog: Italian GP Report (Monday September 8 2014)

2014 - Italy - Race (Sunday September 7 2014)

Blog: Monza Qualifying (Saturday September 6 2014)

2014 - Italy - Qualifying (Saturday September 6 2014)

Archived Vital F1 Articles

List All Vital F1 Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Red5 1024
2. DJ 895
3. The Fear 771
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 571
6. Druss_the_Legend 525
7. Push The Button 440
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 151
10. __villa__ 145

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where will Alonso be in 2015?
Ferrari 15%
McLaren 65%
Mercedes 5%
Somewhere else 5%
Not in F1 10%