Hamilton hunts for points in Melbourne

Stephan Heublein

After disappointing results during winter testing, McLaren responded by going back to the drawing board. The exhaust system had given them the biggest headaches in the preceding weeks, which is why, according to team principal Martin Whitmarsh, they decided on a much simpler solution for the Australia Grand Prix.

And the strategy appears to have paid off as by the end of second practice in Melbourne, both McLarens occupied the top two positions.