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Spanish Grand Prix: Who will top the podium in Spain?

Spanish Grand Prix: Who will top the podium in Spain?

We are in one of the closest F1 seasons, with Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes tied neck and neck in the front of the field, while the midfield teams are covered by little under a second. Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton has offered to redesign the circuit ahead of its debut race.

Some 24 of the last 27 races run on the Circuit de Catalunya have been won from the front row, the highest percentage of any of the sport's traditional tracks.

"If this weekend we happen to have got on top of the issues we have with the vehicle and start to be more consistent, then I can be a lot happier because I know then I can punch either at my weight, or a little bit above my weight".

Hamilton's win in Baku has kept him favourite with bookmakers for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Barcelona, resurfaced with smoother asphalt but holding no surprises after weeks of pre-season testing there, could come as something of a relief to Vettel after two chaotic races off the podium following two wins.

Lewis Hamilton claimed one of the most fortunate victories of his career in Baku last month and will head into the Spanish Grand Prix with fond memories of a triumphant duel with Sebastian Vettel 12 months ago.

The safety vehicle deployed during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix proved costly to Sebastian Vettel's hopes of victory.

"So far we can be happy", said Vettel.

The double DNF, which has seen Red Bull slip 59 points behind Ferrari in the race for the constructors' championship, comes during a spell of poor reliability for Red Bull's Renault engine and will only add to existing frustrations inside the garage. "But it's nice that whether you start first or sixth, you can fight for the win in terms of pure performance - which is good for people watching too because you don't know what will happen".

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"The problem is that the tyres are shifting from session to session", the Mercedes driver said. So it is a moving target that we are struggling to get steady. We are constantly working on a solution.

Mercedes are bringing new vehicle upgrades this weekend, although that will be true of most if not all the teams this weekend following F1's return to Europe.

The biggest setback for Red Bull saw the two team mates taking each other out. "But we left testing with a good set-up and that should help us".

"There are so many races to go that it's pointless to talk about the fight for the championship", he cautioned.

Hamilton was now right on the back of Vettel and, on lap 44, made the race-winning pass.

"It's pretty straightforward for a long time".

But the significance of Sunday's race should not be underestimated.

The safety auto ends its stint on Lap 47 and saw the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers racing hard for positions.

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