2014 a “huge opportunity” for Mercedes – Rosberg

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Rosberg says “next year is a huge opportunity” for Mercedes “because of the large changes” and he’s in two minds about whether the team should concentrate their efforts on this year, as they have a winning car, or preparing for 2014.

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Yahya thinks Red Bull aren’t casting their net wide enough in their search for a replacement for Mark Webber:

They seem to be restricting themselves to their own driver programme which is fair enough if you are a midfield team but it doesn?t make sense if you are challenging for titles.

I recall earlier in the season that Horner said he wanted the best drivers available, surely drivers like Kimi Raikkonen or Nico Hulkenberg should be at the top of their lists even before the Toro Rosso pair? Next season there are going to be regulation changes and there is a good chance Red Bull may not have the best all round car any more, so they are going to need all the points they can possibly get from both drivers.

Simply relying on Vettel to get majority of the points and podiums isn?t going to be enough. By signing Ricciardo they will be sending a message to me that they just seem desperate to get someone from Red bull’s driver academy so that the programme gives the view of being ‘vindicated’ because to me, apart from a few qualifying outings, Ricciardo has done nothing special and neither has Vergne for that matter. Saying the car is difficult to drive isn?t really an excuse in my opinion, we have seen examples like Alonso dragging a Minardi amongst midfield runners on his debut season as proof that talent will always shine through.
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70 comments on 2014 a “huge opportunity” for Mercedes – Rosberg

  1. HiPn0tIc (@hipn0tic) said on 12th August 2013, 14:43

    Mercedes, in my opinion(and i’m not a fan, just look at my avatar), should be able to manage the 2 situations, keep an ey on 2013 and keeping the effort to present the last results, and also to work in the 2014 season to look sharp from the beginning, not using ilegal tests to their work know…

    • BJ (@beejis60) said on 12th August 2013, 22:50

      When it comes to testing legally or whatnot, I never understood why the teams just don’t coordinate a “non-championship race” which they could then have whatever they want to do for “practice”, “qualy”, and the “race” itself? With nothing on the line in terms of the championship, any of the teams could participate.
      I imagine there are rules that forbid non-championship races nowadays, but I think it may be a rather clever way to circumvent the ‘no testing’ policy if there is in fact no rule against it.

  2. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 12th August 2013, 14:59

    @Ferrari_412t I completely agree. After initially hearing of Webber’s retirement I straight-away thought that Hulkenberg would be the natural candidate for the seat, being young, extremely talented and with no contract for 2014. However as I was ever more vehemently shown to be wrong, Red Bull have rather shown themselves to be impaired by their own Young Driver Programme. Unlike a normal team, who would choose a driver either from the junior series or more likely from other teams, with Raikkonen and Hulkenberg being the candidates “normal” teams would have chosen from, Red Bull have had the obligation to clear the chronic backlog in the Red Bull Young Driver Programme, with drivers like Antonio Felix da Costa and eventually Mitch Evans or Carlos Sainz Jr banging even louder on the doors of F1. Because of this the extremely worthy candidates of Raikkonen and Hulkenberg have been eliminated, and the compelling prospect of seeing Vettel challenged by a teammate dies as Ricciardo signs on the dotted line. Ricciardo is a talent, but one that requires a few more years before it can blossom, and certainly more experience would serve his rather unspectacular race pace a great deal of benefit; an area where Vettel will humiliate Ricciardo next year. Ricciardo has gone from a HRT to a Red Bull in just two and a half years, and I think it will serve as something of a shock come the Australian GP next year, certainly it will be a bigger shock to Ricciardo than it would be to the race-ready drivers of Raikkonen and Hulkenberg.

  3. Gordon (@gfreeman) said on 12th August 2013, 16:11

    I disagree with the COTD. I see what is meant by those comments but that’s not all of it, besides the current candidates for the RBR seat, I see Hulkenberg as the only other candidate. That’s because, personally, I rate him higher than PdR. The STR pair are much better than the previous pair, and I think DR very much deserves this seat, people complain that younger drivers don’t get a chance and yet complaints are still made when they are given chances. RAI vs RIC is a fair consideration, add HUL in there and I think they’ve got the best candidates for their seat.

  4. Jack (@jackisthestig) said on 12th August 2013, 19:43

    It’s hard to see Kimi staying at Lotus next year if they are as strapped-for-cash as they appear to be. They can’t afford to continue development of the current car or seemingly pay Kimi the latest instalment of his salary. Although their cars look pretty full of logos, Lotus (cars/group) don’t actually pay anything, Genii are just the owners and where the driver’s names are displayed there were supposed to be Honeywell logos but that deal seemed to fall through.

    If Lotus got Kimi off their books and poached Maldonado from Williams along with the same sort of money they get from Venezuela then they would effectively be around $50 Million better off per season (-$20M for Kimi’s salary, +$30M from Venezuela).

  5. I’m not sure what was meant about Alonso dragging the Minardi among the midfield runners. Granted that only the top eight places were awarded points back then, Alonso still failed to challenge the mid-field that year. In fact he was bested at Minardi by his teammate, Tarso Marques. Long story short, there was nothing in FA’s time at Minardi to suggest that he would one day be F1 champion. The example of Alonso at Minardi actually favors promoting Ricciardo to RB.

    • Dizzy said on 13th August 2013, 2:09

      Go back & actually watch the 2001 season.
      There were several instances where Alonso had the Minardi well up the order battling with cars that were significantly better than the Minardi.

      You say Marques ‘bested’ him & In the final championship table thats an accurate statement, However in terms of speed & performance its completely false because Alonso completely destroyed Marques in terms of both speed & race performance.
      Marques was ahead of Alonso in the championship based on 2 9th place finishes in races which featured a lot of retirements (Brazil & Canada) & in which Alonso was soundly ahead of Marques in both races until his car failed.

      There was plenty in 2001 to suggest Alonso was something special & thats why people began talking about him as a future star & why his race return with Renault in 2003 had a fair bit of excitement behind it in the F1 media.

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