How do you explain them being beaten by Sauber and Force India on track regulalry (if not in WCC)? At one point Jordans were only ahead of Minardis and had no budget either, Midland did not exactly shoehorn money into the team either! Similarly Sauber coped with loss of all manufacturer funding and their major sponsor to Mercedes !
Why did Haug not sign Maldonado or Perez to bring more money in to Mercedes team, instead of bringing an expensive driver out of retirement, for instance? Those extra millions may have been helpful, with the trust in Rosberg as the lead paid star.
Maldonado or Perez in 2010? Seriously? How do the drivers come into this anyway?? They obviously don't give a flying fxxx about money. They invested hugely after 2011. It is entirely possible that it was Haug who was naively thinking that the rest of the top teams will live up to the RRA agreement, and downsize to the obligatory levels. We all know that did not happen, to the extent that Red Bull has spent a mind-blowing 630 million in 2012. I hardly think Ross Brawn has not warned them that this is not going to work, his history just indicates the opposite. So what happened? They had to start restructure and resource re-grouping, recruiting, investing, more than one year late. We are speaking of ONLY three seasons, out of which the first is a relative miracle, considering a crippled and downsized team, one year early to the other top teams. Considering this year, if you remember, Brawn has ditched the 2008 Honda without a blink of the eye, to make a push for the 2009 car, and half the world was working on the 2009 Honda, AKA BGP01, we know how that payed off. I suspect he ditched the W03 quite early this year, for similar, although obligatory reasons, and by now, half the world is working at Brackley too. They have a new engineering staff, who had NOTHING to do with this car, basically. The last dinosaur who had anything meaningful to do with the W03, Bigois, has been shown the door mid-season. That, you must agree, is not something that helps in-season development process, especially if the car has aero-problems, and 'the' Bigois was aero chief. All MS and NR has done from mid-season was use the races to test for 2013 and 2014. By the end of the season, they even said so. It was pretty frustrating, yes. It pissed me off too. Was it a mess? Yessssss sirrrr, it was. As i said several times before, communication was not the strongest point of Merc so far. Hindsight is always wise though. If you add to all this some teething problems between the new staff and the old, and spice it all with the corporate universe, you get Haug going down, possibly not the last one either.
anyway, sorry for the rant, really, nothing personal, just came out in a breath.