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McLaren ditches blown diffuser

ESPNF1 Staff
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McLaren won't run its new rear end in qualifying and the race © Sutton Images
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McLaren will not run its blown diffuser at the British Grand Prix after deciding to remove the system from the car overnight.

Red Bull's Mark Webber suspected the championship leaders of "sandbagging" in Friday practice at Silverstone, but in fact McLaren was not happy with the improvements. "It hasn't been perfect, that's the truth," said Jenson Button after the afternoon session, when he was 13th fastest.

Lewis Hamilton, although half a second quicker than the sister car, added: "The feeling was positive first thing but the changes we made didn't make it better and that happens sometimes. It's not something you can just bolt on."