'Tightest' Formula One season on years predicted
It is not long until the beginning of the eagerly anticipated 2012 season, and already it has been predicted that it will be one of the most fiercely contested seasons in recent memory...
The latest prediction comes courtesy of team Mercedes boss Ross Brawn; it is his belief that the 2012 season will be one of the closest that there has been for years, as many of those competing have managed to elevate themselves to impressive new standards. Despite this, Brawn also admitted that it was extremely difficult to say which teams were in the best shape for the impending challenge; this is particularly true after the pre-season testing in Barcelona, where many teams managed to surpass their previous year's performances.
"I'm expecting the tightest start to a season we've seen for a number of years," commented the Mercedes boss.
"I think we're going to have a really exciting season," added Brawn.
Brawn also spoke of the prospects of his own team for the 2012 season; he has informed the media that he hopes Mercedes will be able to 'mix it up' with some of the more dominant names within the sport – names such as Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari.
“They're going to be competitive, McLaren look pretty sensible - they look as though they have a good car - and I don't think we're too far off. It is so difficult to judge,” said Brawn.
"But there are five or six teams that are a much closer grouping than we have seen for a number of years. I have a feeling it is going to be quite close when we get to the first few races," he added.
William Hill, BlueSQ and 888sport currently offer 13/2 odds that McLaren's Jenson Button will emerge victorious at the season opening Australian Grand Prix on March 18th 2012.