What really pissed me off about this team can be summarised in this line:
"Then there are several structural considerations that have caught on this year. This will disappear, or it should do so, next year. With the new tests, the level of freedom some have taken should be eliminated."
"Should". He said the same thing last year when the effectiveness of EBD "should" have been limited.
The difference between the folks at MercAMG and Red Bull, is when the FIA tries to ban something Red Bull will try their best to claw as much benefit back as possible. Whereas MercAMG seems just abandon it and never give it a second thought. It happened in 2011 when the effectiveness of the EBD was supposedly banned and they were late to the party and it happened again this year with the 'Coanda EBD'.
I can almost see Merc not giving a second thought to the flexible noses and just not bothering to look into it while Adrian Newey rocks up with a loop hole or revised design and beats the ever loving shit out of everyone for the fourth time in a row. Then halfway through the season they get their flexible noses (which they'll struggle to get working) when it's waay to late to make a difference.
I'm just so angry at this, because I laughed in the face of the Renault engines a few years back. It was at the time that flavio was crying about Merc and Ferrari continuing development when the engines were supposedly frozen. And I applauded merc for still managing to find a way to develop their engines while Renault didn't bother and had to ask for parity. I was laughing when Merc showed them the door when they came back for a third time.
And now, as a Merc fan, I have to accept that the team is being outsmarted in development as the engine department once outsmarted Renault. It just makes me livid when it seems to happen again and again and they don't seem to learn their lessons.
But hope, as they say, dies last. And Mike Elliot is the current defibrilator of my hope for 2013.