Charging Bulls in India

It’s another pole position for Sebastian Vettel with team-mate Mark Webber joining him on the front row. To be honest, it never looked like anything else, even when Vettel made a mess of his first flying lap. Lewis Hamilton pipped McLaren team-mate Jenson Button for third in the dying seconds, while Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa bagged the third row for Ferrari. The old order has established itself, it seems.

This weekend’s controversy comes via Maranello; the red cars appeared with the flag of the Italian navy on the nose. The story goes that two Italian naval personnel are to stand trial for the fatal shooting of two Indian fishermen – who they mistook for pirates – earlier this year. Luca di Montezemelo, the Ferrari president, claimed the move was ‘not political’, but the Indian media – and politicians – are not at all happy. Political advertising is banned in F1- unless you are Ferrari, it would seem.

Is the race a foregone conclusion? Vettel has to start as a clear favourite, but at this point I would be reluctant to write off McLaren. As the inimitable Murray Walker once said, anything can happen in Formula One, and it usually does.

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