F1 » Mercedes, fifth overall, still in Sauber's sights


The Sauber team is still aiming to usurp Mercedes from fifth place in the F1 constructors' championship, depsite having just four races left to bridge a 20-point gap....

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Dylan - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 8:39 AM

I'm sure Mercedes is concentrating 99% of their efforts into the 2013 car but still I don't see how Sauber can catch Mercedes specially with the top teams finding their dominance once again. Merc will also make just the enough to finish 5th.

elijah

October 17, 2012 9:03 AM
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Korea was a bad race for Sauber. Mercedes are still poor performers, with the highest race failure record. If Kobayashi and Perez drive intelligently, i expect Sauber to finnish ahead of Mercedes.

Chris1976

October 17, 2012 10:34 AM

@Goodchoice

If it only were Lewis own choice. Being pushed out of McLaren, I reckon he took whatever he got.


On topic,
It seems to me that Mercedes have more or less given up completely on this years car. I wouldn't be the slightest bit surprised should Sauber be able to pass them. That being said, I really really wish that they miraculously find some extra performance that will give Michael the opportunity to win one more race before he is out of F1 for good. Like him or not, but the way he has fought these last three years, he so deserve at least one win. It will be a decent ending to a legends career.

With the new very strong recruitments in the aero and technical departments that Mercedes made late last year(when this years cars blueprints was already developed and decided) I think they will have plenty of aces down their sleeves and be able to present a pretty strong car for 2013. Unless they have focused completely for 2014 that is. Hamilton you lucky goat..

elijah

October 17, 2012 11:01 AM

@Chris1976
Lewis has taken a big gamble on Mercedes. So far there success has been lacklustre, and Ross Brawn always talks of his vision for the future. Anyone can have a vision. Until they design and build a decent car, Lewis is a goat going to slaughter.

piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 11:13 AM

The clearest historical parallel with Lewis' move is actually Michael Schumacher's move from Benetton to Ferrari, which turned out pretty good I guess!
Oh, for the REAL historians amongst us, there is also Phil Hill's move from Ferrari to ATS to take into account.....

elijah

October 17, 2012 11:42 AM

@piercarlogassolini
When Michael made his move from Benetton to Ferrari, they had unlimited testing the same goes for Philip Hill. Unlimited testing is gone forever. Ross Brawn is struggling to cope with the new regime, and I think even Schumacher, called the lack of in season testing ridiculous, daft or something. So you see, in this very different world, history won't help Lewis.

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