They’ll definitely be fast, but I think that with at least McLaren and Ferrari ahead of them (and maybe even Red Bull) they won’t be able to challenge for a podium, just bigger points. Also look out for Force India. The battle between them and Ross Brawn’s team is going to be as intriguing as ever!
They were fast in the straight line mainly the run through Eau Rouge.
“Yes, the Mercedes had a very low downforce setting. Actually it was more of a Monza wing setting than a Spa setting. I remember coming behind Michael (Schumacher) thinking that I had a good run with DRS and I was on the limit already and then Michael started to pull away. I wondered how he could do that! But I guess they went for a completely different aero package, which made it very tricky to overtake them. But we’ve got there in the end!”
Wanting to see Schumacher on the podium why can’t I be optimistic.
The only person I expect to be on the podium at Monza is Alonso, the other places I imagine will be for Vettel and a McLaren (Hamilton if he can actually finish the race). I would love to see a Mercedes up there, but I imagine their tyre wear will get in the way as usual.
I think Mercedes are too far behind the top three to beat them on raw pace. I miss the days of 2008/09, where we regularly had drivers from midfield teams, and sometimes from teams right at the back making the podium.
Personally I think the frozen engine development is to blame for that. 18.000 rev limit on a V8 that can potentially do 20.000 revs and higher does not do much to reduce reliability… I wish they’d just get rid of the damn rev limit for now, we’re getting the new engine formula in 2014 anyway…
As for Mercedes… no, I don’t think they can get a podium, not this season. I read comments about Schumacher like “imagine if he qualified higher”… he’d still be at 5th place max, in a lot of circumstances Massa and Hamilton would have probably finished higher than both Mercedes’ drivers too. Not much else can be archieved in that car, it’s just not fast enough.
I just have a feeling that they may do well at Monza because of that cracking start and Rosberg made at SPA and also where Schumacher finished. However, I was probably being too optimistic with Mercedes chances.