Jenson Button will be hoping to regain his charge on the title race, that he had earlier in the season, this weekend at the Valencia sort-of street circuit.
After taking six wins from the first seven races, Button and his Brawn team have had a relatively tough time of it in the last three outings.
He’ll be keen for his team to find where they’ve gone wrong with recent developments, as the BGP 001 has become more sensitive than it was at the beginning of the year, and therefore harder to drive.
Jenson needs to fend off the charging Bulls of both Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, and has commented that if Webber keeps scything away at his lead, he’ll have overtaken Button in the Drivers’ Championship after a mere four races.
And being that there’s only seven races left in the season, Brawn GP must be data crunching overtime in the factory before this weekend’s practice starts on Friday.
Whereas McLaren are in something of a confident mood, hoping to score their second win of the season at a circuit which they think should suit their car.
And of the two MP4-24s that’ll be running, Heikki Kovalainen will be hoping it’s him that comes out on top, after McLaren top brass told him to step up his game or risk losing his seat in 2010.
A seat that has already been lost is Nelson Piquet’s over at Renault, who has been replaced by GP2 star Romain Grosjean.
The dual French-Swiss national – who races under the former’s flag – has had two wins in GP2 this season, but also a spectacular crash in Monaco, so he’ll be looking to show his mettle as quickly as possible.
Another driver hoping to impress this weekend is Luca Badoer. Filling in at Ferrari for the injured Felips Massa – after Michael Schumacher’s neck injury impeded him from restarting his career – he has said that his aim is to simply finish the race.
I’m sure those ‘promotional’ 200kms that he was allowed to run in the F60 this week will have helped him get comfortable with the car again.
Odd timing that don’t you think? Having to do promo duties only days before his first race. What a strange coincidence…