They started the season well but really haven't moved forward IMO (bit like McLaren to an extent)
Car still seems to qualify relatively well but the race is a different story. I can't see them finishing higher than 5th or 6th in the WCC unless something radical happens with the car.
I think Schumacher/Rosberg/the team know certain tracks favor it's car characteristics, and this season will be about maximising those track potentials.
Monaco-Schumacher should of competed for the win or won-car suited it, he did his best, reliability failed him
Albert Park-track tyre boogie, 2 early to say/lottery first races with tyre catching everyone out
It shows how difficult it is to be not just strong, but have everything else fall into place on the weekend where your package can benefit.
This formula one, with it's no set up changes after qualifying/guess set up for sunday/no race sunday race warm up sessions as pre 2003 has so many elements that can go wrong.
Silverstone for example, with race day being dry, in the old 2003=pre regulations, the teams would of had time to change their set ups for the dry, at least what they be allowed to do, given very little dry running,yence more lottery with cars on green tracks/ltyre choices who knows at the start, elements like this have made current f1 more difficult in getting consistent results.
What Brawn was saying some months ago, about building a car that works in a bigger operating window for tyres is important, but which has negatives for other situations on track and ultimate speed in certain conditions. These tyres have taken the challenge to a level that the teams/drivers won't fully know at times, and when it's like that, I don't think it's so easy to condemn any team, how do we really know if its a one off or the team is suffering, a complex formula one turns more complex.
Anyway I'm pissed it didn't rain, after all the work the teams/Schuey did for wet set up, 3rd quali, to have a dry race after that rain was annoying, and we knew what was coming, I blame the weather for our pain this time, not the team, they gambled on wet, others did, I was with them, and we got dry raced, sucked, Schumacher did his best. Life goes on.
In a way I kinda enjoyed this weekend because of the threat potentially posed by Schumacher in the rain. Back in 2010 early on, he was getting flak for having a tough time getting to grips with things, China 2010 came to mind especially. Alonso/WebberSchumacher in the rain/Hamilton was missing for mclaren strange reasons in the rain department with interes, it's perhaps a good sign mercedes can get one over mclaren, I think mercedes has strengths that will come to the surface,.
Remain calm, have a cup of korean ginseng tea, be patient, work hard and never give up. We will get there, 2010/2001 are over.
Edited by SeanValen, 08 July 2012 - 19:37.