Spanish GP: the big questions

Spanish GP: the big questions

The start of F1's European season is a date the leaders view with trepidation and the stragglers cling to as a beacon of hope. Edd Straw rounds up this year's talking points as Barcelona gets underway

The Spanish Grand Prix assumes near-talismanic status during the early races of a grand prix season. For those who are struggling, it's a far-off point that should be waiting for until they can be judged, and those at the front cite as a fearful day on which their advantage might be eroded by others' progress.

History suggests that, usually, the die is already cast well before Barcelona. Even with the unpredictable nature of the initial stages of 2012, heading to the Spanish Grand Prix the points table had a very familiar feel, with Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull topping the drivers' and constructors' championship respectively.

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