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Vettel and Hamilton Battle It Out For Spanish Grand Prix Success

May 9th, 2012 by Paul Wilson

Sebastian Vettel pegged his first win of the 2012 F1 Grand Prix season by winning in Bahrain a fortnight ago – by collecting those precious 25 points it propelled the German to the top of the 2012 Drivers world championship standings.

Vettel now sits a meagre 4 points ahead of Brit, Lewis Hamilton (49) and fellow Red Bull driver, Mark Webber (48). The Spanish Grand Prix is the first of the European F1 races and the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona is a happy racetrack for the Red Bull outfit.

Vettel won the Spanish Grand Prix in 2011, with British pair of Hamiltion and Button taking up the other top podium places. Webber came 3rd in 2009 and also won here in 2010.

Barcelona is such a track that heralds more winners from the leading pack at the beginning of a race than any other. The driver on pole position has gone onto win the Spanish Grand Prix in nine of the last ten seasons.

Which makes you think the race qualification for the Circuit de Catalunya is of high importance… Well, it was, until last year, when Vettel won the race after starting 2nd – disproving the myth that you need pole to win in Barcelona.

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Lewis Hamilton is 11/4 with Sky Bet to win the Spanish Grand Prix while you can get odds of 3/1 that Sebastian Vettel will successfully defend his 2011 Spanish Grand Prix title.


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