I can't find the quote right now (bookmarking is not my strong side), but I think one of the insiders said just not too long ago (Newey?) that next year car spec will be very similar to those of 2012. If that is the case, makes sense then to continue strongly, resources permitting.
Indeed, but if your fundamental base is flawed as is the case with Mercedes in 2012 (and 2011 and 2010 and 2008 AND 2007) then all the development won't bring wonders.
I really hope the team do well and Schumacher retires on a high, but history has taught me that the team cannot run two cars strongly at the same time, on the same track and at the same time. Last year was Schumacher's 20th anniversary and they sent him out with a loose wheel nut as a happy anniversary present so he started dead last - the FIRST time in his entire career.
The form book says expect nothing different. Someone will cock up in Q1, Q3 and Q3 and then we'll have a series of blunders in the race.