is this just mercedes learning someting by analysing button vs hamilton telemetry that hamilton released via twitter?.
team brawn were lucky fia allowed them the head start afforded by their invented drs. should never have been allowed but suited fia to screw the big teams. as soon as the big teams got it working, brawn faded the second half of the season and only won because of their fantastic start. yes they were wdc team but in effect only for half a season. half a season in over a decade of racing.
not much to get to carried away with given for most of the rest of the time they were also rans as best.
I stopped reading at the bolded part.
Winning battles is nice. Winning war though is better. McLaren failed in that department. No drivel here, just facts.
There were a bunch of lacklustre seasons and also some big swings in fortune but to describe P2 in the WCC as to have 'failed', for any team, no, that's narrowminded.
1999: 2nd, 4 points behind Ferrari.
2000: 2nd, 18 points behind Ferrari.
2001: 2nd, 77 points behind winner, nobody could measure the Ferrari that year.
2003: 3rd, 16 points behind champion Ferrari.
2005: 2nd, 9 points behind Renault.
2007* 1st, 4 points ahead of Ferrari but thrown out of the WCC because of Spygate.
2008: 2nd, 21 points behind Ferrari.
2010: 2nd, 44 points behind Red Bull.
2011: 2nd, 153 points behind Red Bull aka the best of the rest (long way back).
Comparing stats it's easy to conclude McLaren could have won more WCCs with more reliability because in 99, 00, 03, 05 there were several key DNFs to be found on the list.
Edited by Jejking, 05 September 2012 - 08:26.