Five themes to watch for in Spain

Five themes to watch for in Spain

Can Mark Webber return to winnnig ways? How will the new hard tyres react in the race? Will there be protests after the GP? Edd Straw analyses the Barcelona pre-race storylines

Webber's moment

Sebastian Vettel's KERS problem played a part in Mark Webber taking his first pole position of the year, but considering the problems that the Australian has had with it himself this year, he can't be blamed for having a little good fortune. Webber won here last year from pole, leading every lap, so the stage is set for a repeat of last year's victory, which laid the foundation stone for his title challenge.

So what can go wrong? Well, Webber's record when leading from the front is good, so his main rivals are unreliability and Vettel himself. On race pace, both look like they will be evenly matched, so it will come down to three key points. Firstly, can Webber get away cleanly? Secondly, will Vettel try an alternative tyre strategy to in an attempt to get ahead. Thirdly, if Vettel is a close second, will he attempt a DRS-assisted move on the start finish straight?

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