The Sky Sports F1 pundit discussed his predictions ahead of the race weekend in a phone-in with the press, but he still expects current drivers championship leader Sebastian Vettel to be in contention.
Herbert said “I think I am going to put Fernando Alonso and Ferrari at the front,” before explaining his choice. “Last year, with a car that was maybe not the best out there on the circuit, he got beaten only by Pastor Maldonado and was probably faster, but he just couldn’t find his way by. Based on that he looks very good and also he has got a very good race car, and I think he has proved that so far this year.”
He also expects the Circuit de Catalunya to suit the characteristics of the Ferrari F138. “This is one of those circuits, as well, that is going to be quite favourable towards Ferrari. I think Fernando will do very well.”
However he still expects Sebastian Vettel to be in contention, as well as Kimi Raikkonen – who the former Benetton driver thinks would fit nicely alongside the triple world champion at Red Bull. “I still think Sebastian will be in that mix for a podium and if it continues – and there is no reason why it can’t continue – Kimi [Raikkonen] should do well too and be in the top three. We could have three different teams on the podium.”
Ferrari are still Herbert’s tip for the race win though, particularly after they showed some impressive speed at the Barcelona track over the winter. “But the Ferrari seems to me – and from what I saw in that test we did here earlier in the year, to be very good, and for what he did last year, and with the situation they have with the race car they have, I think it is Alonso [that will win].”
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