There is a difference of opinion regarding Hamilton’s move to mercs, but can they produce a championship winning car any time soon?
I for one am not ruling out merecedes producing a very quick in ’13, they started this season with a car arguably on par with the Mclaren on one lap pace (tyres issues hindered their race pace), and had they not been so obsessed with the DDRS, they could have focused on aero development which would have kept them up to pace in the development race. They shifted focus on next yrs machine early on and effectively used this car for testing bits for the majority of the second half of the season. I think it is too early to rule mercedes out of next yrs title and just say their best hope is the reg changes for ’14.
Gary Anderson also pointed out something very interesting, he said Hamilton leaving Macca benefits him and Mclaren. Over his 3 yr stint wih JB, Mclaren has had to make a compromise with the its car in that JB needs it to be 1000% balanced otherwise he’s slow, whereas Lewis prefers a car with less rear downforce. He said this had hindered JB and Lewis, but at Mercs the car will be solely designed around him without the need for a compromise to suit Nico as they have similar driving styles anyway.
Overall its going to be exciting to see what the Lauda/Hamilton/Brawn/Rosberg(/Schumacher?) combo can come up with!!