"Maybe what we've been seeing in the past few races are tracks to which the Red Bull is especially suited," said McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh earlier in the weekend.
But beneath any cynicism for such a notion, there is cause for possible optimism for McLaren, in that Lewis Hamilton's customary brilliance in the sharp direction changes between the walls of Yas Marina's final sector in Friday practice did appear to be making up a chunk of time over everyone else - Red Bulls included. Their best low-fuel laps of Friday resulted in Sebastian Vettel just a couple of tenths of a second ahead of Hamilton.
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