Hmmmm...how does one say this. Though I'm an absolutely massive fan of the team and the brand as a whole, they really are embarrassing themselves right now.
In all seriousness, I really wonder of the management aren't a little too forgiving. When McLaren fell behind, they had an emergency meeting and you know what? Shit got done, thats what. Ferrari started in a pretty poor position, but they dug themselves out of it. Same goes for Lotus, same for Red Bull. Why not Merc? It really does break my heart and to circle back to my question, is the management too forgiving of bad results? Why am I not seeing emegency meetings?
Another thing, why does it seem to me, that this team is always trying to be smartarses? And I'm thinking of launching a 'vanilla spec' W02. With a short wheelbase and a high CG. The "we're focusing on the tyres" line we got from them. The DDRS. The blade roll hoop. All good and well, but to what end? It's not always neccesary to think outside the box, sometimes the answer is right in front of you. We're talking of experienced people here, that have decadeS
of experience trying to be clever?
I wonder if this team isn't in need of a good ol tongue lashing from Dr Z to put the fear of God back into them.
Now, please don't label me a hater or complainer or some such. I adore the brand. And ofcourse I know we don't know what's said behind closed doors. And yes, hindsight and all that. We're talking about the most clever engineers on the planet. I'm an engineer myself, I know the world is not a linear place and I get the reasoning behind their ideas. But when you step back and look at the situation, it would take a masochistic optimist to not realise 'It walks like a duck and quacks like a duck", regardless of the reasons given. Teams with lesser budgets and lower profile staff are managing ok.
Ha, but come next race, you know who I'll be rooting for!