This weekend sees the second Austrian Grand Prix since the A1 Ring returned to the calendar under the name of its new owners, Red Bull.
Red Bull themselves don't much fancy their chances at their home track - indeed this season has already proved nightmarish for them, their car not being up to the standard of previous years and their probelms with the Renault engine much publicised. Team owner Dietrich Mateschitz was in the press again this week talking of how the team might leave the sport if they can't get a competitive engine.
Their woes haven't been anywhere near as great as those of McLaren, though. Their 'size zero F1 car' has proved slow and unreliable, mainly due to having to cram the new Honda engine into a space in which it overheats far too easily. Jenson Button can be forgiven for looking depressed - after saving his career over the winter he now finds himself qualifying three places up from the back of the grid. That's before his 25 place penalty for using too many engines components kicks in, and since he can't take the full penalty he'll also have to take a ten second stop-go penalty once the race has begun.
At the other end of the grid it was business as usual for Mercedes in qualifying, albeit in a slightly peculiar way. With Hamilton and Rosberg P1 and P2 respectively, both drivers went into their final flying lap. With Rosberg already on his way round the circuit, Hamilton reached the braking zone for the first turn, touched the white paint that was still damp from the rain, and spun. The pole position looked like it was Rosberg's for the taking... until he also overcooked it in the penultimate corner and went straight on into the gravel at the last.
Still, a front row lockout is a front row lockout, and Mercedes will be glad of it. So where do we think the best value is to be had on Sunday's race?
It's fair to say Hamilton looks the likeliest winner, but this track is tough and low on grip and we've seen already that he can make mistakes. Nonetheless, of the Mercedes pair we think he's the one to back, so it's a shame his odds are so short. Instead of backing him for the win alone, we'd suggest a trip to SkyBet who are price boosting Lweis Hamilton to win the Race and Set Fastest Lap to a more tempting 2/1.
Sebastian Vettel has had an impressive weekend so far, and he was well in touch with the Mercedes drivers in qualifying too. We never got to see his race pace due to problems in practice, so he may well be the dark horse for the win starting in third.
The best place to back him is at ToteSport, who are offering an excellent 13/2.
Finally, we'd like to put a word in for Nico Hulkenburg. He's a fine driver who has been overlooked by the top teams on several occasions for various reasons. He used his weekend off last week to head over to the Le Mans 24 hour race and won it at his first attempt. Coming back to his usual ride, he managed to put his Force India an excellent 5th on the grid. It's Mercedes powered and should cope well with the demanding straights of Austria, so we fancy tipping him for a top six finish on the day.
The best place to back that is at Coral, who'll give you straight Evens.