McLaren launch day – 10.23am

The press room is filling up with yet more hacks, photographers et al, and the McLaren publicity people are working overtime trying to glad-hand them all. But the rumours flying around, especially from the Italian members of the press, are not connected with the McLaren team at all.

No, they are connected with the results of a wind-tunnel test Ferrari supposedly did in France last week of their new machine the F10, the results of which – it is rumoured – were not satisfactory at all.

It has to be said that this is not substantiated in any way whatsoever, but it is something to think about, and gives the McLaren boys and girls a definite, tangible spring in their step.