Fine, no argument from my side, but after Rory, Ross, Jean, and Michael has all left the team, what was really achieved under the new management? I do not want to be anal about this, but I think they went into gradual decline. Now, whether they managed to turn it around remains to be seen, but in no way I would put them ahead of Mercedes as yet. It will take me until Canada (Turkish GP at least) before I make my mind about pecking order.
Yea, I'm not saying Ferrari will *definitely* be a front-running team in 2010, just that it would insane to write them off at this point.
I'd say Horner's comments were made in a more 'long-term' sense, thinking that Ferrari and Mclaren are going to be the teams to beat in most any given season. Mercedes will likely be up there in 2010, but what about 2011 or 2012? If you want to talk about a lack of development pace, then there's
a team that I'd be skeptical about.
If I *had* to guess, I think it will be between Red Bull and Mercedes. Mclaren were strong at the end of the last year, but take away their KERS advantage and you're looking at a car that definitely wasn't a race-winner. Ferrari were in the same boat, but with a brand new car, they may turn that around.