F1 » Mansell: Mercedes could be the joker in the pack


Nigel Mansell predicts that Mercedes will be one to watch during the 2011 F1 season

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sixtenths - Unregistered

December 09, 2010 10:11 AM

Mercedes is the old Honda team, Brawn for a year, they did this early start on the new car trick twice that I remember, once it was a dog, once it was the best car out there, the year they gave it all to Ross Brawn.

So, it is not certain, but is possible...

As a fan it would be best if they were thereabouts, up with Mc, RBR and Ferrari, 8 drivers fighting for a very real chance of pole and wins...

Robbo - Unregistered

December 09, 2010 11:24 AM

I humbly had this same thought but now one of my heros, ala Nigel Mansell, says it, I can only agree.

My wish for next year is that we have GP wins from:

Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Button, Alonso, Massa, Schumacher, Rosberg, Kubica and throw in one from someone like Maldinado or a rampaging Kobayashi to really spice things up.

Bring on 2011!!! I'm already suffering withdrawal symptoms.

Copey - Unregistered

December 09, 2010 4:32 PM

Its a shame Mansell is not 2o years younger. If nothing else he could kick the crap out od Schumi when he uses his dirty tactics yet again. I had hoped he would grow up, but trying to squash Barichello etc is dirty. I wish he would piss off for good.

Mark _

December 09, 2010 5:25 PM

@Copey - if he wanted to squash Rubens he would have. Don't let a little close racing scare you. This is how the big boys race. It takes two to tango. Rubens could have backed down but he didn't. Webber did the same thing to Vettel in Turkey but most thought it was Vettels fault. Go figure.

richard

December 09, 2010 8:23 PM
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mark. i think that schumi squeezed rubens to the max. had he pushed more and caused rubens to hit the wall, then schumi would have been thrown out of control and risked a very serious accident. but webber and vettel was totally different. webber kept vettel on the grass where he could have spun, but there was no solid wall involved. yes there was a danger but not nearly as bad as that which faced rubens and/or schumi.

Mark _

December 09, 2010 8:53 PM

@richard - no doubt that it was very close. Who is to say what is too close? Should the presence of a wall or grass even make a difference in what is too close? We also saw Webber do a similar move (with the a pit wall) on Kimi at the start (Nurburgring?) a few years ago. You are also correct that MS put himself in more danger than Rubens which makes it kind of odd that everyone complains about what he did to Rubens but not what he did to himself. My problem with this is that he was penalized for something that could have happened but didn't. If there had been avoidable contact or if this had been seen as multiple defensive moves then a penalty would have been waranted. The only thing that Rubens suffered from this was a few more grey hairs and a change of shorts.

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