Will Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, sponsored by Santander, or Lotus’ Kimi Räikkönendethrone Red Bull Racing’s defending triple-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel? Or, will Lewis Hamilton pull off a shocker for Mercedes?
If you are a hard-core Formula 1 fan, you may already have your own opinion as to who will win this year’s championship. Even if you are not a Formula 1 expert, a glance at the F1 standings will give you a general idea of which teams are most likely to win.
Looking at the current standings and based on the developments so far, the driver’s championship will be a three-way battle between Alonso, Vettel and Räikkönen. But that said, those who are more familiar with Formula 1 know how unpredictable this competition can be. Especially since we are not even halfway into the season yet.
Red Bull Racing’s Vettel and Ferrari’s Alonso appear to be the strongest contenders for this year’s title. However, this season has been as unpredictable as last year. Lotus’ Räikkönen, a previous World Champion, has shown that he is in to win the title, too – the Lotus-Renault package has managed tire wear well.
Tires continue to play an important role in this year’s competition. Due to the high degradation ofPirelli tires, drivers are required to make the tires last longer to win, and the team to master this art is most likely to win the competition.
So far, the McLaren’s lack of pace has been a shocker because the team was expected to be one of the top contenders. Team Mercedes has performed better than last year, but still shows signs of persistent tire issues.
In addition to the Ferrari racing team, Santander sponsors the McLaren team drivers.
We want to wish the best of luck to Alonso and seventh-place Felipe Massa (team Ferrari), andJenson Button and Sergio Pérez (team McLaren). Button, currently 10th with 25 points is looking forward to the Canadian Grand Prix, where he scored an impressive victory in 2011. His teammate Pérez is in 12th place with 12 points.
Alonso’s Spanish Grand Prix win was exciting and has increased his chances of winning the coveted title. Alonso, the two-time World Champion, recorded his second win of the season in style at the Circuit de Catalunya while his Brazilian teammate, Massa finished third, ahead of the defending World Champion Vettel.