I know I am nearly alone with this, but it was the tyres that had broken their back this season. The car itself was/is very solid, and would be bloody fast if not for the 'delta-time' style of racing. They have tyre tested with the old config, to get extra development time. And in the end, that seems to have crippled their whole season. So the Pirelli-factor will be very-very decisive, IMHO, because if the new construction and compounds ( btw, is that a fact? I only remember reading about new compounds, and was thinking that will not be enough?) give them back what they lost they could be reasonably ok in 2013.
I think this was the case at the beginning of the season, when the car was quick, but eat the tyres too fast.
They didn't focus on aero to 'concentrate on the tyres' and as as result of that now the car is slow as **** and still eat its tyres.
W03 is clearly lacking of downforce, as Merc is always very slow in the fast corner sectors.
I think this is one of the worst in season development I saw from a so-called top team.
During the early races Merc could fight for first row starts during qualifying. Now they are 2sec off the pace after a major upgrade package. WTF
Edited by Paa, 15 October 2012 - 17:02.