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Early indications are a brighter day for Lewis and McLaren

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If you were kept awake by a distant clanking last night it may be coming from a Formula 1 mechanic working very late. McLaren have become the first team since the ruling to fit an experimental rear-diffuser to their race car. With some results, I might add. Lewis Hamilton has set the pace in this morning’s free practice, for the first time this year. Has he got his head back in the game?


Now that the rear diffusers used by Brawn, Williams and Toyota have been declared legal, the remaining teams have a lot of catching up to do.

Reneault’s Flavio Briatore is more despondent than most, he has been quoted in the Italian Sporting Gazette as saying Renault’s chances of winning the championship this year have disappeared. He has since questioned the credibility of the World Championship.

At Mc Laren the drama looks set to continue with chairman Ron Dennis resigning to take over the road car sub-section of the company. This leaves team principle Martin Whitmarsh very much in the hot seat, with a disciplinary hearing with the FIA due later this month.

So what can we expect from the teams at this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix? Well more of the same we think. Brawn’s runaway success looks set to continue with Jenson Button leading the way with Friday practice. Until something or someone is put in place to put the brakes on the rookie team they will continue to lead. Will Jenson Button make a hat-trick? Or will Lewis Hamilton’s silver and red bullet loom large in his rear view mirror?

If you are curious about Brawn’s F1 car learn it’s secrets by pressing play here.

We don’t know but it looks set to be an interesting weekend. Here is a sneak preview of the Chinese Grand Prix courtesy of


Written by Nick Gilmartin

April 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Posted in Motorsport

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