Lewis Hamilton has denied McLaren has chased down Red Bull’s dominance in 2011 by copying the technical ideas of the formerly dominant team.
Some analysts claim Red Bull’s rivals, including McLaren who have won the past two grands prix, were only able to catch up by developing key ideas including the blown exhaust and diffuser.
“Apparently we and Ferrari have copied the Red Bull, but that’s not true,” Briton Hamilton told the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
“We really haven’t changed very much on the car. Sometimes it’s just the little things that bring 0.007 of a second or something.
“But those tiny time savings are important in a sport where a tenth of a second is huge,” he added.