New Delhi: The pre-season testing once again didn't prove to be the accurate barometer to judge a team's development. To write off a team only on the basis of testing is a risk taken at one's own peril, and by now most teams realise this and are, hence, cautious in their conclusions. They, however, do take serious note of their own performance.
Red Bull was as swift as ever and there were no surprises there but McLaren seemed set to play the catch-up game with both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button criticising the 2011 car, MP4-26, before the season opener in Australia. They almost looked to have resigned to fate that their title challenge would have to wait at least until the end of the first quarter of the season. Hamilton had remarked with hope, "as long as we pick up a good few points in the first few races, then we won't be miles behind."
However, not only did McLaren manage to pick up precious points, they also turned out to be the closest challenger to the runaway Red Bulls and then took it a notch further by triumphing in China - only the 3rd GP of the year. The turn around was brilliant and even Hamilton didn't forget to thank the team.