McLaren back in contention, but Red Bull still the favourites

McLaren back in contention, but Red Bull still the favourites

In a new feature for 2011, AUTOSPORT's Grand Prix editor Mark Hughes analyses the field after Friday's two practice sessions to give us a clearer picture of the weekend ahead. In Australia McLaren appears to have turned its early-season chances around as Red Bull marches on

"Really?" said Jenson Button yesterday, quizzical eyebrow raised, when someone said Martin Whitmarsh had predicted that the new conventional-exhaust/revised-underbody combination fitted for Melbourne would find the McLaren 1s per lap.

"I didn't know he'd said that. I'm impressed with his optimistic spirit and I would love that to be true. Let's see." He sounded unconvinced.

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