Nonsense. They should be a much more comfortable fifth in the WCC if it wasn't for hopeless unreliability on Schumi's car earlier in the season. On pace, they are overall fifth but have underperformed massively in terms of development, which is sad to see as they looked to get that right last year after struggles in '09 and '10.
Equally nonsense. You're just seeing one side of it.
Yes. Schumacher should have scored way more points but equally should have the Sauber(6th in WCC) if they had better luck/driving in lot's of races where the car could have had more podiums or even win.
I remember in Valencia, only Vettel and Grosjean had better pace than Kobayashi and both retired. In China they could've scored lot's of points too if Koba hadn't screwed his start and Perez had better strategy/race unfolding. Sergio was being held by Button/Kimi/Lewis train during first stint but then they screwed their strategy and couldn't get a good result out of a fast car, once again. Spa needs no comment. You could also claim Silvestone was a good race for Sauber to score some more precious points as Perez was faster than everybody else, bar Alonso and Red Bulls. Perez also thrown away good points in Suzuka and etc etc
The bottom line is that Mercedes was no way overall the 5th team, ON PACE, during whole calendar.
PS: Plus, Mercedes also benefited from other teams bad luck in Valencia, Spa and other tracks where they didn't have that much pace. For instace too, I think Nico's result in Bahrain and Singapore was more down to other faster cars having bad races as well.
Edited by BetaVersion, 24 October 2012 - 14:24.