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Geoff Willis and Aldo Costa join the Mercedes GP technical team

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September 30, 2011 11:26 AM

More strengthening of the tech team. The goal of fighting for championships wont happen until Mercedes can deliver a car that is a match for McLaren (the winningest team since 2007).

Rodey71 - Unregistered

September 30, 2011 2:08 PM

I believe Ross Brawn knows a thing or two about what it takes to win races and build race winning machinery. His track record speaks for itself! He has sorted out bennetton and ferrari. And just when he was on the cusp of sorting Honda out they got cold feet and didn't reap what they had sown. Hence Brawn gp. Need I say more!

cknopp - Unregistered

September 30, 2011 4:00 PM

There has been ALOT of overtaking in F1 for years, it just happens on Saturday. When you line up fastest to slowest on Sunday, overtaking a faster car is nearly impossible without a mistake, and those at this level are few.

Willis and Costa to Merc? Great move! If I were Merc, I would start the 2012 program over (keeping the data already earned) and start 2012 with a modified 2011 car as long as the revamped 2012 program can deliver in the second half of 2012....

Taz - Unregistered

September 30, 2011 4:48 PM


Have you been watching this year ?

What he said was that "F1 doesn't need overtaking"...which it does, DRS has sometimes been to artificial (Canada springs to mind) but cast your mind back to the old regs and you had boring racing.

cknopp - Unregistered

September 30, 2011 5:30 PM


I own a digital copy of every F1 race from 1997 to present. I have in fact watched them all, and I can tell you, that F1 does NOT need more overtaking in the race.

If you watch qualifying, you see lots and lots of overtaking. Sunday is for scoring points.

In a formula that requires a car to be 1.5s/lap faster to overtake, and lining up fastest to slowest, I would say your expectation is flawed, not the formula.

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