‘More to come’ from revised McLaren (British GP practice interactive data)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

McLaren have a lot of work to do to get the most out of their new exhaust package at Silverstone this weekend.

Having ended second practice 1.5 seconds off Red Bull, Lewis Hamilton admitted: “We haven?t got the optimum out of the car yet, there?s still more to come.??

See below for the interactive data from the first two practice sessions at Silverstone.

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As usual, the two MP4-25s were the quickest cars in a straight line – although their advantage was less than 1kph.

Lewis Hamilton struggled to put a clean lap in during the second session, going off track on several occasions. But even combining his three best sectors only cuts the gap to Red Bull’s ‘ultimate lap’ by one tenth of a second.

However Hamilton doesn’t think the situation is as serious as it was in Barcelona:

We spent both sessions running with the new components. I definitely feel we?ve made a step forward from the last race. This circuit is a bit like Barcelona, where we were one second behind Red Bull ?ǣ I don?t think we?ll be seeing that sort of gap tomorrow though, hopefully.
Lewis Hamilton

The McLarens appear to be least competitive through the final sector – Jenson Button was only 15th quickest there in second practice.

The closest challengers to Red Bull so far this weekend are Ferrari – Fernando Alonso was quickest of all through the first sector and his ‘ultimate lap’ was 0.28 seconds faster than Sebastian Vettel’s.

However Alonso expects McLaren to be at or near their pace on Saturday and Sunday:

I expected to be competitive because our car is much better than it was at the Turkish Grand Prix, which was the last time we raced at a track with similar characteristics to this one.

As expected, Red Bull is very strong and therefore the big favourite for tomorrow?s qualifying and behind them, we will fight it out with McLaren, Renault and maybe also Mercedes: nothing different there to Valencia. At this track, you need a car with a lot of aerodynamic downforce and slightly different suspension settings to usual.

The new components introduced in Valencia and those brought here have improved the handling of the F10: we must continue to push on the car development front at each and every race.
Fernando Alonso

At the other end of the grid HRT will be relieved the 107% rule isn’t in force this year.

Sakon Yamamoto, who they’ve replaced Bruno Senna with for this race, was more than 7% slower than Webber’s best time in second practice. Team mate Karun Chandhok was inside the 107% time by 0.6 seconds, Yamamoto missed it by 0.7 seconds.

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