Some smarter fans saw the writing on the wall earlier than others... I was one of the dumb ones that held out hope for too long.
They've tried staff changes, substanial ones, with nary an improvement in form. Changing the driver won't make a difference to there biggest weakness- in season development. And Lewis, while good, isn't good enough to carry this team. Whatever increase in form Lewis "might" bring, will also bring less tolerance, prudence and professionalism than the elder statesman he hopes to out do.
Lewis complains about McLarens reliability costing him in the title fight, and this influenced his decision to leave. Imagine his comments driving a car with less pace, that eats tires and the reliabilty Micheal experienced this year? Then throw in Mercs historic inability to deal with problems... let alone progress at the same time! I suspect Lewis will put on the team face for about half a season, when things don't improve, body language and the occasional "slip" will give glimpses beyond the facad presented to the cameras .
Whitmarsh was right even if Lewis won't admit it. On it's face, his decision can't be sitting well based on the facts. No- Lewis, like many Merc fans, has bought into the hope that the team WILL improve, and when it does, he will be creditted with doing something that the great Schumacher couldn't- bring Mercedes to the top.
I suspect we'll see a new pen name on here next year and I'll welcome "Best Brit" to the forums. It took some of us longer than others, but I suspect you too will learn that hope is an unreliable commodity here. But look on the bright side, if you can at least out score Britney, you're reputation will be spared.
Edited by jav, 19 November 2012 - 15:14.