The stage is surely set for a home win in this weekend's German Grand Prix, as Sebastian Vettel enters on a high from his second victory of the season at the British Grand Prix. But then again, that's what everyone said about Jenson Button and Silverstone, a race that marked the low-water mark of his 2009 campaign to date.
One thing is for sure, barring something exceptional it will be all about the battle between Brawn GP and Red Bull Racing. Increasingly, it seems that the energy drinks giant's team holds the key cards - it has the fastest car, vastly improved tyre management and a driver, in Vettel, who is at the top of his game.
But to assume it will simply be a Red Bull benefit would be to underestimate Ross Brawn's men. Both teams have update packages ready to run on Friday, so don't bet against another shift in the competitive balance.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.