Itchyes, I still feel Mercedes nee Brawn should be allowed this year and judged next. After they received the BGP-01 the decision to start developing next years car from Monaco isn’t actually unusual, most teams are in fact planning their cars at that stage, Brawn just made a bigger deal of it.
As well as the fact Brawn did not have the recources to develop in two directions at once, they barley had the recources to get to races for a lot of the season, it was all done on a shoe string, so when they had to restart work on the BGP-01 the MGP W01 will have suffered, an even when Mercedes came in to the team despite their cash the transition and restructuring that inevitably must have gone on, along with the restructuring and upheaval caused by Honda’s departure will have made one unstable enviroment to be birthing an F1 car, an yet they’ve been a stable 4th on pace, they introduced innovative and significant steps to their cars, they’ve grabbed a couple of podiums and good finishes an they seem to have a strong base for progression next year, when only a fool could right them off. So although the Mercedes is by no means the front runner we’d all expected, they’re in the fight for best of the rest with Renault and it must still be remembered the team nearly fell of the map a year ago.
I think the W02 is the car that should be used to judge the Mercedes F1 team, the intelligence of the venture and it’s future in F1, but I’m just happy they seem to be here to compete this year.