F1 » Mercedes 'half a second off the pace'


Norbert Haug says Mercedes is half a second off the pace heading into the Hungarian Grand Prix

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Darzetboy - Unregistered

July 24, 2012 7:15 PM

Perhaps Schuey will sign on for two more years, and build on what he has achieved with the team so far. A la Ferrari, where he moulded the team around him, step by step. A great challenge for him, one he will relish. He is a Master of focusing long term.

richard

July 24, 2012 8:23 PM

the problem seems to be that merc are standing still. ferrari, red bull and mclaren bring updates to every race, and their cars have changed dramatically, now have a look at the merc. it is identical to that introduced in melbourne. they are still using basically the same exhaust outlets as at the start. the others have found new speed by changing THEIR exhausts. somr proper development is needed.

Taipan

July 25, 2012 1:05 AM

Agreed Richard, Is this a sign that Mercedes are not fully committed to F1?
Either way Schumacher is now looking a stronger driver than Rosberg, after all the crap he's had to listen to by the clueless over the last couple of years all I can say is well done Michael, you've proved that class is permanent.

Darzetboy - Unregistered

July 25, 2012 7:00 AM

@Taipan. Yes I wonder how long the initial period was that Merc planned. My thoughts are that Schuey and Merc have built a huge bond, and while the driver is not bigger than the team, Schuey is a big part, therefore they may go for the two years together. If Michael says no, or one year only, they may well pull the plug sooner rather than later. IMHO

MikeG

July 25, 2012 7:47 AM

It makes no sense to be a manufacturer in F1 if you are under achieving. The negative PR for the brand far outweighs the positive impact (and fun)of being there. And Darzetboy is correct. Merc are only there at this stage because of the positive PR generated by the interest in Schumi's comeback. If he calls it a day Merc will pull out within a year. They have the resources to win in F1 but the design team have never really brought it ... same adage "If you do the same things over and over again, how can you expect a different result?"

nick - Unregistered

July 25, 2012 9:01 AM

Mercs problems date back to honda days..they were crap then at developing a car and they are crap now..they have a fundamentle problem and they no it.they need to be more agressive and push the envelope..being competative at the begining oc thd season should of given them the insentive tom push the design.instead they thought theyed cracked it and stold still.flr what happend to michael at the beggining of the season is shamefull...hand the design paper to a young gun who as the desire to shine.

koolkat - Unregistered

July 25, 2012 1:16 PM

Getting their tyres to work properly seems to be Mercs big problem. People on this forum have said put Lewis etc in a Merc and watch it fly, it won't. Schuey and Nico are good enough, just haven't got the grip for long enough on a set of tyres. The potential is there, however yo yoing up and down the grid is not doing them any favours. Be interesting to see how they go in Hungary which is usually very hot.

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