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McLaren abandon blown diffuser for Silverstone 10 Jul 2010

McLaren MP4/25 diffuser detail.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Preparations, Silverstone, England, Thursday, 8 July 2010 McLaren MP4/25 and mechanics. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 9 July 2010

McLaren have decided to take their blown diffuser off the car for the remainder of the British Grand Prix weekend, after inconclusive results from the much-anticipated upgrade in Friday’s practice sessions.

Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault have all recently introduced versions of the Red Bull-inspired solution and much had been expected of McLaren’s interpretation. However, after Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button struggled to find a satisfactory set-up with the revised MP4-25, the team have decided to postpone its introduction.

“Our day was a little trickier than we’d expected,” admitted Button. “I couldn’t get a set-up with the new package. We improved through the day, but there’s still a lot of work to do, and we’re not where we want to be with the balance yet.”

With the blown diffuser onboard, Button and Hamilton finished second practice well off the pace of Mark Webber’s leading Red Bull and McLaren feel they will have a better chance of challenging for victory by reverting to a more conventional layout. The MP4-25 is however, expected to feature a new front wing for qualifying and the race.