Who can finish where?
|BATTLE FOR 1st: Alonso, Vettel, Raikkonen, Hamilton|
Alonso has a massive advantage, but Vettel and Hamilton have the means to chip away at it. Most intriguingly, the cars are in reverse pace order to the Championship positions. It seems that the destiny of the title may well lie in drivers getting between the protagonists, with Jenson Button in particular a spoiler.
BATTLE FOR 5th: Webber, Button
If we assume Raikkonen will finish 4th, an interesting battle could develop for the award of Best Supporting Actor. Webber has a 13 point lead, Button has all the momentum. Two no-scores have killed Webber's chances for P1, but he needs to bounce back quickly to secure P5.
BATTLE FOR 7th: Rosberg, Grosjean
Intriguing. This all depends on the form of the cars. Rosberg is 11 points ahead. If Mercedes show the form they showed at Monza and Singapore then he will secure P7, but if Grosjean recovers some of his podium-getting pre-ban form, and doesn't crash at Turn One too often, then he could nab the place.
BATTLE FOR 11th: di Resta, Schumacher, Kobayashi, Hulkenburg, Maldonado, Senna
There are 19 points separating this little lot with the potential for anything to happen. All have had good days and bad. In particular, if Maldonado hooks up a weekend he has the potential to score a lot of points. If Mercedes do well, look out for Schumacher to win this battle, but Hulkenburg has a chance of catching his Scottish team-mate too. A few good Sauber performances could see Kobayashi triumph. My feeling is that one of them will get a podium and take 11th place. If its either of the front two, Felipe Massa is not safe in 10th.
BATTLE FOR 17th: Vergne, Ricciardo
Are there points available for Toro Rosso. Vergne has the current lead by two points, but I feel Ricciardo has every chance to overhaul him if there are sufficient opportunities to do so. The better the Toro Rosso is, the better the chance for the Australian.