After four wins on the bounce, the question on everybody's lips is who can beat Sebastian Vettel?
The obvious answer is team-mate Mark Webber, but both McLaren and Ferrari have been talking up their chances. All the signs are that their optimism will be misplaced at Yas Marina, but if they are to have any chance of beating Vettel, as opposed to picking up the pieces if he hits trouble, qualifying will be the crucial battleground.
On the evidence of the past few races, Red Bull's qualifying pace is stronger than what it can display in races relative to the rest, although to that statement must be added the caveat that we haven't seen Vettel pushed to the limit on a Sunday recently.
McLaren sporting director Sam Michael argued after the Indian Grand Prix that Red Bull's dominance was track dependent.
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