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Tyre engineer unlocks secrets for McLaren - report

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There is a secret to McLaren's recent success, according to the German trade magazine Auto Motor und Sport.

Podium: race winner Jenson Button, McLaren Mercedes
Podium: race winner Jenson Button, McLaren Mercedes

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With Lewis Hamilton and then Jenson Button winning the most recent German and Hungarian grands prix, the report said a big reason for the erosion of Red Bull's dominance is a Japanese engineer.

Hiroshi Imai, who until 2009 was former F1 supplier Bridgestone's chief engineer, is now working at McLaren on unlocking the secrets of the heavily-degrading Pirellis.

"He seems to have made a breakthrough," said Auto Motor und Sport, revealing that McLaren has worked to better cool the brakes so that the heat is not transferred to the tyres.

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