F1 » Australian GP, Melbourne - Friday free practice (combined)

McLaren shows potential by posting fastest times of opening day in Melbourne, but Red Bull and Ferrari lurk in the wake of Button and Hamilton.

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Kat - Unregistered

March 25, 2011 9:22 AM

Just shows you should never right off the mclarens! Quali will really show who is the fastest, but i have no doubt the mclarens will be back at the top, fighting now only for wins, but for the championship! C'mon Mclaren!!! :)

trigger - Unregistered

March 25, 2011 9:59 AM

Well we may see just 20 car race tomorrow, unles teh guys in front will loose rigt foot sometime for the backmakers... F1 is really hard business, budget cap for all or new formula for small teams (somethig like 3,5 normaly aspirated back in 80s). Hopefully virgin will make it but i dont see HRT do any good. interesting though Lola 1997 at least put their cars together

j - Unregistered

March 25, 2011 10:22 AM

HRT did an installation lap with only one of the cars at the end of practice 2. it made it the entire way around!

mclaren's exhaust sound is quite distinct compared to rest.

red bulls dominated most of the time in p1.

but in p2, they spent most of it doing long runs on the hard tyres, then looked like they went to the faster compound near the end, just as a little rain started, wind arrived and temp dropped as the sun started to go down at the end of p2. mclaren and ferrari set their p2 times when conditions were a touch better near the start and middle of session.

darkhairedlord - Unregistered

March 25, 2011 10:46 AM

Sad to see HRT pics on Autosport show car without sponsorship, merely the You could be here" or whatever.
Why don't they auction the space on ebay for each race, at least that way they'll get some money in why they look for long term sponsors.

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