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That's a good point there, Schu if anyone should be able to provide the engineers with the feedback they need to improve the car. So seems like something's been missing there. However Merc have also made other, less-publicised personnel changes, so hopefully they have taken measures to improve their engineering team aswell.
Anyway what I personally think is the key factor to Hamilton's move is that he is in fact going from a customer team to a factory team. McLaren have effectively been Merc's factory effort for many years, but now their priority is their own team. I think this will show more when the new engine regs go in effect. The Merc chassis and engine will be developed for each other all the way, and this process will have started already. The customer teams on the other hand will get the finished engine and will have to adapt their chassis to it. That can make a lot of difference.