Not sure if... Ó_ò
You're a German car manufacturer, well not just one, you're Mercedes Benz, and you got to choose between Michael Schumacher - who is not just seventime F1 world champion but also by far the most famous person in German motorsports and well known all over the world - and some nonames from Mexico and Venezuela respectively. You don't even spend the fracture of a second thinking. Not. Even. A. Fracture. Otherwise you're plain stupid or related to either of MAL/PER. :x
Yes, it's a great plan & asset when it all goes to plan, and you win (at least regular races) otherwise,
as we have seen, it can turn into a curse for all involved.
I think V8Fireworks has a point in the way he looks at it.
At the time nobody had M.S. on the agenda, nobody was expecting him to come out of retirement, so signing someone else alongside Rosberg, would not have caused much uproar.
If you think, that Mercedes should employ two German drivers and are not convinced with Perez &/or Maldonado, it's a fair point, so they could have signed Hulkenberg for example.
By signing up Schumacher, they put a lot of pressure and spotlight onto themself, again great marketing move, but only if you can deliver on the promise.
With this skyhigh expectations, they have perhaps set themself up to fail, their was no place to hide, or take a more long term approach.
It was all - now.
Most people may have given them some credit, in the first year, P4 was not the end of the world, but it didn't got any better ( see WCC points score over the years), and the pressure internal and external mounting all the time.
Then AARAB pulling out as co-owner/shareholder, leaving Daimler with a far greater cost and risk exposure then initially planned.
I'm not saying that the plan was bad in theory, but they failed to execute it in accordance to their own objectives/expectations.
They totally underestimated the possible down side, and don't really have a contegency plan or exit strategy.
Now, they keep rasing the stakes again with Hamilton, which most would see as one of the fastest drivers out there, and having Lauda saying publicy only the best will do. Sure for a company like Mercedes, this has to be the aim, but it exposes you to a far greater downside potential. Nothing but a WCD/WCC will do. While other can hang around and be content with solid results another year with less then P3 in the WCC and giving RBR,Ferrari and McLaren a solid run for their money, would be seen as failure again.
If you look at RBR, when they started out, they took it a bit more easy, giving them some more time and breathing space.
They took over Jaguar (P7 in WCC at the time) a midfield team, without any great expectations. They had two solid hands as drivers,
but again, nobody would expect any great things. If they won a race, it would have been a bonus, not a obligation.
THen they keep skipping away at it, making some changes, getting Newey on board, then when this was settled in, making some changes on the driver side etc. etc.
Compare this with Mercedes: Buying the current WDC/WCC team, sure some of the more informed fans would see, that things are
not as easy as the look, but for the "man on the street" it was the champion team, then get the most winniest driver of all time in the
car, and you know what the average punter would expect.
Fail to deliver on the promisse, and you are in for a hard time, people have little patience these days, fans, shareholders, boards & the press.
Edited by TC3000, 17 December 2012 - 18:47.