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Mercedes fails to score in Korea after tough luck for both Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher

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October 15, 2012 8:05 AM

Supporting this team is a waste of time. Norbert Haug and Ross Brawn need to resign or be fired and Merc need to give somebody else a go or turn the lights off. Ross Brawn has proved that he was just lucky at Ferrari to have the right people around him to make a successful car (Rory Byrne and a young Schumi) ... it had nothing to do with him.

Zelda - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 11:04 AM

And Brawn racing. Was he lucky there too?
Was it he just surrounded himself with the 'right' men, in other words, a great team manager!
Mercedes will be calling a lot of shots this season and I suspect that Ross will have relayed his suspicions to them.
They are not stupid, Germans make mistakes and can be embarrassed but the thing with them is they adapt and overcome. They come back strong and smack the arrogance of others with their own!
Hamilton in their 'new' car which all development will be going into is a possible winning strategy. Rosberg is no slouch and I expect them to come good next year.
Meanwhile what will Maclaren be doing?
Worrying where their next engine is coming from possibly?
Certainly with great moves as yesterday from Sergio, his new team mate will be over the moon.
Let's wait and see, anyone who doubts German engineering needs to wake up!

Pete - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 11:20 AM

The Merc debacle is just the most pathetic disater we've seen for a long time. I believe Schumacher has done a reasonable job in a car that is obviously a lot worse than he makes it look. Just look at Rosberg - he has fallen off the edge of the cliff in the second part of the season. I will relish Hamilton's slow, agonising demise.


October 15, 2012 1:41 PM

@Zelda ... Brawn GP if you remember correctly exploited the diffuser rule with their double diffuser which gave them a huge advantage over the other teams. That is the only reason that they won the championship ... in fact in the second half of the year they were pretty dismal and done their best to lose it. ~~ kind of similar to the double DRS that they tried this year, with less success ~~
Nobody is doubting German Engineering ... in fact the opposite ... what I am saying is that the effort that Merc have put into their return to F1 by purchasing Brawn GP is unfitting such a great marque with such an exceptional racing history. They should have started a team from scratch ... without the dead wood ... and they would have been winning by now.


October 15, 2012 1:41 PM

zelda. there will be few , if any, new cars next season. yes, there will be some basic mods, but 2013 is the last year of the current regs, and there are only very minor changes in the rules. even the nose job is not being changed, but teams will be allowed to use a filler panel.

Shakey - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 2:46 PM

There's nothing in the rules that says the nose has to be "stepped", that was nothing more than a reaction to the last-minute change of nose height regulation - McLaren and Marussia don't have the ugly step, and HRT's is very minor, so I doubt a "filler plate" is needed as the teams can just rework their new nose for next year.


October 15, 2012 7:17 PM

shakey. the rules for this year resulted in the step nose. macca avoided it as their bulkhead was lower anyway.
have a look at the rules for 2013. a filler plate is now specified. this was reported on every f1 website.

it is not mandatory, but will be used by most teams.

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