Why McLaren is a threat in the Indian GP

Why McLaren is a threat in the Indian GP

Although the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button finished quite off the pace of Sebastian Vettel in Friday practice, deeper analysis suggests the British squad is set to fight for victory in India. Mark Hughes explains

On the face of it, the second practice session promises a closely-contested race around the new Buddh circuit, with the Ferraris right in the mix. However, even more than at prior races this year, the picture is almost certainly skewed.

First practice was all about replacing simulated data with the real thing, cleaning up the circuit – and showcasing once again Lewis Hamilton's brilliance at learning a new track and his continued knack of getting himself in front of the driver stewards. His yellow flag incident – for which he has received a three-place grid penalty - came after he set a personal best sector time (up to that time) while yellow flags for Pastor Maldonado's accident were being waved.

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