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Derek Warwick: Mercedes are working on a new car but their performance this year was not just disappointing, it was very, very poor

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richard

December 09, 2012 9:15 AM

michael. "brawn built a car...."? as you pointed out further, it was actually HONDA who built the car, aided by zander, who then left when brawn took over. Also, the honda had a device (ddd) which had been denied to other teams, but was suddenly gifted to honda, toyota and williams, possibly to help them decide to stay in f1.
brawn only managed a team that had an advantage for one year, and he is still a manager of a team, not a designer or actual builder. once the advantage was eliminated, he has not performed particularly well.

Michael Fornarina - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 2:48 AM

Richard.. you make lots of great points, but as you mentioned Toyota and Williams also had the Double Diffusers yet, only Brawn's BGP 001 was able to make hay with it. The transition over from Brawn to Mercedes GP was a bit messy with many re-shuffling..(aka firing) of Brawn/Honda employees and granted re-shaping the team in Mercedes image probably led to a bit of a loss of focus.-- 2012 Ferrari's Aldo Costa jumped ship over to Mercedes F1 .. I'm wondering if his influence will be a positive one on the 2013 Merc design. -- I hope so, because the more competitive teams in F1 .. the more fun it is. Would love see Lewis and Nico fighting at the front .. but realistically, probably gotta wait one more season for that. (2014)

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