I don't get what you're saying. I believe Lewis, Nico and Brawn's comments are all cautiously optimistic, to some degree Toto's are too (let's leave Lauda out of this for the time being), which could all be true but I happen to be pretty sure Lewis likes downplaying things in the media, like I said. This leaves a bigger scope for there to be a nice surprise come the first race if they are in fact more competitive than many, as you say, who want Mercedes to fail, think. I don't think its 'not being realistic' rather a sense of keeping everything in check and not letting things such as expectations get out of hand.
I don't recall giving my opinion on Mika's comments because as of yet I am unsure how to take them. Perhaps they are influenced by the Haug departure, as a poster pointed out they are good friends, or maybe he truly believes what he says, which is fine but he may still be wrong, again as you said the formerly mentioned are much more privy to what is actually expected on track, as they obviously are more in the know, (I think this is where you think I thought otherwise).
Apologies if you have made no reference to Mika's statement. I guess it was the post you were referring/replying to that had me confused
They might well be cautiously optimistic and trying to temper expectations like you mentioned. The fans are also expecting to see some sort of improvement but I haven't heard anyone talking about a WDC/WCC in 2013 as they know the regulations are fairly stable and it will take a massive leap to achieve that (Not impossible, but considering all factors a tad unrealistic).
but it seems some are picking up titbits (e.g Mika's opinion) from the internet about mercedes not being able to compete this year and coming to dump that in the forum. Whilst they are entitled to do that I just find it strange that since the team themselves have tempered expectations and are being realistic about their goals why such taunts should hold sway. Hence why I made a comment in a later post that it might not really be mercedes these taunts are aimed at but more at LH.
although having said all that, a fairy tale story in which they claim the WDC/WCC with a gap of 150 points is secretly harboured, but I don't think this is different from what fans of other teams secretly dream of (minus Red bull)
Edited by BernieEc, 13 February 2013 - 20:41.