I am not writing Michael Schumacher off, and its hard to predict where we go from here, but despite uncertainty ahead of us in this season, fact remains that first two races weren't really very impressive. Vettel may or may not recover from his misfortunes, and RBR may or may not be on the par with others, but position in today's race by both Merc drivers leaves me more than disappointed. Combine that with backstabbing in commercial division by the other teams and FOM, and one wonders what else can go wrong, if anything is actually left undamaged. I am seriously worrying they will discontinue their presence in 2013, and possibly not fully supporting developments in 2012. I would not blame them if they say NO to FOM, but it is a shame we face a such possibility. It is not a good weekend by any measure.
Looked through lap times and Schumacher's race is not as terrible as it seemed via LiveTiming. He surely had problems with getting tyres work and also with degradation, but I think he did a superb job in that car. To me his personal performance was just about perfect in both Melbourne and Malaysia.
A lot of teams seem to have different issues with the tyres. Mercedes has increased competency in development so much that they should be able to develep a Sauber kind of exhaust system fairly quickly. I really hope they recognised this outage already at the first testing session and that they are working on it like crazy.
As for the politics with the Concorde Agreement, I agree that this is really ugly. What is this all about? I would put my bet on Ferrari and Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.
I suppose there is a great tension between: Ferrari/LCDM and Todt/Brawn/Costa/Schumacher. Should an extraordinary group of people (Todt,Brawn,Byrne,Costa,Schumacher) or Ferrari/LCDM get credit for the epic successive WCC and WDC wins? This is ridiculous, as I think all of them should. Although I suspect LCDM wanted the main credit for himself, so that if all these people leave and Ferrari continue winning - then it will be remembered as the "Montezemolo era", that changed the fortunes of Ferrari.
Well, the fact that Schumacher came back after three years (probably contractually he could not race for other teams before), and Brawn has become principal of the greatest,
richest, historical rival. This looks really bad for Ferrari. This is a battle for retrospective interpretation of the years 1996-2007, it is a battle for ego and the history books.
I would expect Mercedes not to give up, and I would expect Ferrari to play the dirtiest tricks they have in hand. Concorde Agreement seems to be one of them.
Another battle front would be the Resource Restriction Agreement. What do you know about this? Is this voluntary, what does it mean that Ferrari got out of it?
Next thing is the tyre front. I don't think Ferrari is looking very good there, YET. So this is a theoretical question: What keeps Pirelli from giving, getting exclusive information to/from certain teams. This should not be anything radical, just for example one team indicating ("we still found a nice way to heat tyres"), and then unexpectedly Pirelli is developing a tyre that is extremely sensitive to heating. Do we have any system that prevents this? In case we have an independent tyre supplier, I think it should present the 2013 tyres, let's say by 2012 June, so that all teams have equal chances to develop their cars. I want to see racing, not gambling, and especially not gambling with loaded dice.
Edited by Rol, 26 March 2012 - 09:48.