that would imply, to me, that the Mercedes Benz engineers lack some sort of necessecary creativity to bring "risky" concepts into production.
Basically forget 2010, 2011 is the first year for the team with the budget they should of had in 2010 but didn't, they were looking to make a big jump straight away, but all the time lost in 2010 is not easy to catch up with. Mercedes the brand, implies a big budget team like ferrari, but redbull for a while now, have more people working for them, something is wrong there, ferrari are ferrari, been there, structures in place, so too mclaren, that's big competition with their simulators and all, important with no testing, and mercedes is working towards getting what those teams have in place in basic structure. You can see fruits of potential, but the bar of redbull/mclaren/ferrari/3 teams is probabley masking the improvements were seeing from mercedes, as Schumacher commented on recently, he's beginning to see things work, but with 3 teams stealing alot of points, they will always look behind in actual results this year, but if they can stamp out some progression to not just getting 4th place team, but showing strong performances, threatening the podium more often, that'll show some building blocks.
It's interesting, with possible testing return being discussed, maybe this winter maybe a better one for mercedes, because I think they lack in house simulator technology compared to redbull/ferrari/mclaren, they could do with testing and Michael on track, I prefer some winter action myself, the small teams and teams building up like mercedes could do with testing, I'm sure the big teams now will want to avoid testing, typical, but I think testing/at least some is important and kinda a ritual for the winter months. I would rather have teams prepared and thing working, the kers/drs issues this year, in the first few races for mercedes, really bad, I'm sure testing would of ironed that out, and the other teams could probably test that better then mercedes.
Edited by SeanValen, 21 July 2011 - 23:42.