Setting the scene for Europe

Setting the scene for Europe

The main talk ahead of the European GP is how much the rule changes will affect Red Bull's form. The team has downplayed it, but others are not so convinced. Edd Straw sets the scene for the eighth round of the championship

With every passing year, Valencia's once-lofty aspiration to become a second Monaco Grand Prix in Europe becomes that bit more laughable. So it has a harbour with a few boats moored in it (with the emphasis on a few) but that does little to offset the fact that it is a charmless, scruffy venue that does little credit to the city.

While it's unfair to say that F1 isn't happy to be here, it's safe to say that Valencia has established itself as one of the least popular grand prix venues with teams, drivers and fans alike.

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