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Mark's Magyar Masterclass

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01/08/2010

With the weather unlikely to play a part in the outcome of today's race, if we are to see anything other than a Red Bull walkover we will need to rely on first lap madness, poor reliability, excessive tyre wear, McLaren finding another 2s a lap or the Milton Keynes duo doing something very, very silly.

Since the opening session on Friday the pace of the Austrian cars has been awesome with only Ferrari getting anywhere near. Then again, as Martin Whitmarsh will happily tell you, those two particular teams do have a distinct and - according to the FIA fully legal - advantage.

That advantage is a front wing which appears to dip, allowing the endplates to almost touch the track, a simple but clever little trick that appears to be paying off in spades such is the advantage both teams, particularly Red Bull, is enjoying here.

With the Ferraris both over 0.8s off Webbers pace it looks as though the Red cars will 'battle' for third and fourth, though the exact order has probably already been agreed.

Not for the first time this season, McLaren will be looking at damage limitation, however, barring a miracle, it is unlikely that the Woking team will go into the summer break still leading both championships. All Hamilton, and to a lesser extent Button, can do is hold tight and do the best they can.

While McLaren must rely on Hamilton to grab as many points as possible, Mercedes will need Nico Rosberg to do the best he can, teammate Michael Schumacher not looking at all comfortable here this weekend, a set-up gamble for qualifying appearing to totally backfire.

Renault must look good for a double points finish, Vitaly Petrov, who has looked good here all weekend, having out-qualified his teammate for the first time. The again, with one of the longest runs to the first corner on the 2010 calendar there is plenty of opportunity for silliness in the opening moments of the race, let's just hope that the Russian keeps it all together.

Having missed out on a points finish in Germany, Sauber will be keen to add to its tally today, however, with Kamui Kobayashi starting from the very back of the grid - the result of a poor qualifying session and a subsequent penalty - the Swiss team will need to rely on Pedro de la Rosa.

Nico Hulkenberg finally seems to be getting to grips with F1, the youngster finally repeating the sort of sparkle we'd seen in A1GP and GP2. With Rubens Barrichello starting from twelfth we could well see both Grove cars in the points.

Toro Rosso looks to have the edge over Force India this weekend - the Silverstone-based team looking forward to Spa and Monza - while Timo Glock has been doing great things with the Virgin all weekend. No sniggering at the back.

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