Vettel under pressure
It was no surprise to see Sebastian Vettel on pole position at a circuit widely expected to be Red Bull territory. What did shock was how much he struggled during free practice, forcing Red Bull to break Formula 1's Friday night curfew for the first time this season to work on his car, and the fact that he was only 0.163 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton in qualifying. There are two ways to look at this.
Firstly, it's a sign that the gap to Red Bull has been closed, as traditionally its qualifying dominance has not translated into anything like the same advantage on Sunday afternoon.
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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.