Hamilton leads 1st practice: McLaren first to run temp Diffuser

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McLaren has become the first non-DD diffuser team to fit their cars with a interim part. Is it any coincidence that McLaren and Lewis Hamilton set the pace for the first practice? Understand that this is merely practice but is there more to the new interim diffuser?

The team has added a small winglet beneath the crash structure and above the dipped centre of the diffuser which is likely to be the first step of a major development push in this area.

Can we draw any conclusions from the interim diffuser and the pace of Lewis Hamilton? Lewis is astoundingly talented and I submit that with all the rancor surrounding his integrity, Liegate, his fathers anger, Ron Dennis’s stepping aside and Dave Ryan leaving, he might be a little angry himself. Lewis could be on a mission to put his head down and blow the doors off the competition. An angry Lewis may just drag the McLaren, with interim diffuser, right up the grid. If that is the case, the competition had better watch out. Hell hath no fury like a Lewis ticked-off and behind the wheel. Interim diffuser may be good enough to at least allow Lewis to stay in touch with the leaders. Time will tell but i doubt Brawn GP will be a pushover.

1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:37.334 + 22
2. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:37.450 + 0.116 18
3. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:37.566 + 0.232 19
4. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:37.672 + 0.338 23
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:37.752 + 0.418 20
6. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:37.764 + 0.430 19
7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:37.860 + 0.526 24
8. Glock Toyota (B) 1:37.894 + 0.560 21
9. Alonso Renault (B) 1:38.089 + 0.755 19
10. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:38.195 + 0.861 24
11. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:38.223 + 0.889 23
12. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:38.274 + 0.940 20
13. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:38.307 + 0.973 26
14. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:38.319 + 0.985 18
15. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:38.418 + 1.084 20
16. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) 1:38.456 + 1.122 21
17. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:38.460 + 1.126 19
18. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:38.463 + 1.129 18
19. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:38.730 + 1.396 25
20. Piquet Renault (B) 1:38.825 + 1.491 20

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