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Team Chiefs Happy with Opening Day

McLaren-Mercedes team chief Martin Whitmarsh was happy but realistic on Friday after seeing his drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton top the times in second free practice for Sunday’s season-opening Qantas Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

“We have had a very solid, but very encouraging day, but it is only a Friday,” he said. “And there are no points won yet – and we have not yet seen the best of Red Bull. But we are happy and we hope to score some decent points on Sunday.”

Whitmarsh added he was particularly pleased with the success of his team’s new exhaust system, floor and front wing being tested in earnest for the first time in Melbourne.

“It has gone well and we are satisfied,” he said.

Defending champions Red Bull team chief Christian Horner was concise, but also satisfied, after seeing his drivers defending champion Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber clock the fourth and fifth best times behind the two McLarens and third-placed Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.

“I think we have had a very solid day and we are satisfied,” he said.

“The drivers are both happy with their cars and that is good for us so we are pretty happy. We are in good shape.” 

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