3rd place in FP3 for Perez!
Have the McLaren updates really made such a big difference, or is there some sandbagging going on? Or are some cars being set up to look after tyres, at the expense of their one-lap pace?
We will have more idea after quali, but we won't really know until after the race.
It leaves McLaren with a decision to make. Should they chase the best possible grid position, and then try to run with the leaders, or should they stick with the strategy which has so far yielded the best results - not running in Q3, starting on primes and trying to run a long first stint?
Earlier in the season I noticed that the McLaren looks after its tyres very well when not pushed too hard, but then turns into a tyre-destroyer when they try to run faster, shorter stints. Have the latest updates changed this fundamental characteristic? Or maybe the new tyres?
I see a danger that McLaren might be seduced by their apparent improvement in pace into abandoning the long stint, trying to run at the front, and dropping backwards through the field Merc-style. But if the car really has been changed, maybe they can run at the front.
Edited by BillBald, 27 July 2013 - 11:16.