I respect your opinion and concede I have no special insight into the future. Also- I admit to being tainted by Mercedes past and I'm on record (for some time) as expecting this season to be more of the same. While still early, I see no reason to change my persepctive and even less to start eating crow.
I agree with "of course more aero is on the way"
this is obvious and true of every team. My point is no driver is going to come out this early and speak ill of their car or team. This is even more true of Lewis for very obvious and well publicized reasons.
This is why I believe his statements, given his particular situation AND the teams history, are particularly telling. He IS affirming they need to catch up as you suggest.- but what I think you and many fans are missing is... why state the obvious? Everyone knows this. The team knew this when they started designing W04. I beleive the only reason to state this is because it's the nicest way of saying- this car isn't good enough and needs more than just optomizing.
BTW- I beleive the second generation Coanda exhaust is already ON the car.... As far as I'm aware, the only missing NEW major element is the front wing - but I could be wrong.
Time will prove one of us right. I've stated multiple times as early as last year that I doubt this team and W04 will improve on what W01 did... and if that's the case, that will be 4 seasons of disappointing performances. Their problems are and have been design related. That staff hasn't appreciably changed despite this recent shuffle and from what I can tell, their current problems are still design related. I doubt anyone expected to be dealing with design issues on 2 relatively stable systems (wiring loom/brakes).
feel free to read back on countless pages of W03 and W02 posts that suggest rear downforce has NOT been so easy to come by.
Edited by jav, 06 February 2013 - 20:56.