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McLaren ready to fight Red Bull’s pace



Turkish Friday speed-topers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are foresee Red Bull to up its sport in time for tomorrow’s qualifying session for the Turkish GP. Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the morning section and Button top overall in the afternoon, but Red Bull sustained to get better all over the day and has tended to run a heavier fuel load to mask its pace on Friday’s this season. Jenson said there was still room for progress through the high-speed curve eight but anticipates Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will find even more important grow.

“This morning was reasonably good, and this afternoon was better,” he said. “I was struggling a little through turn eight, it’s an area we’ll be working on overnight because it’s pretty tricky through there at the moment. It’s a tough corner, especially if the car’s moving around – so we’ve got to hope we can solve some of those issues before tomorrow.

“The car feels reasonably good around here – there are still some areas where we’re not so strong, and the Red Bulls will once again be the cars to beat in qualifying tomorrow, we can’t get away from that. I just hope we’re closer than we’ve been in the last two races. I think the Ferrari will be quick here too. It should be the top four teams that we normally see, and possibly Renault as well, so I don’t think qualifying tomorrow will be boring. There should be some good battles.”

Lewis also thinks the Red Bulls will get better but was positive thinking McLaren could put up a fight.

“I have no doubts that tomorrow in qualifying the Red Bulls will pull out something extra, which they always seem able to do,” he said. “We haven’t made too many changes to the car for this race, but we’ve got a chance this weekend, and I think we’ll be able to compete with them,” he said. “Turn eight is quite bumpy as always, and you could see today that some of the others were having a few difficulties through there, but it wasn’t a problem for us,”

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