They are at the same level as last year at this point. Good raw speed but tire management seems to be a problem. I am happy the hype is gone - don't look back some pages here, Lewis the winner or podium would be a realistic aim some users really believed. It's a good result for Mercedes after the last races in 2012 however not for dreamers who thought this car is a beast. Lewis seems to be okay with it, looking forward to the next race, I like his new approach, he definitely know his chances will raise in 2014
I think in terms of degradation things looked OK, seems to me that they didn't get the balance right between the SS and medium usage. They were treating the SSofts perfectly with this setup but then it wasn't optimal for the mediums, at least not in the second stint.
You can compare it to Sutil, he had a perfect setup for the mediums but just burned through the SS in a couple of laps without showing great pace on them.
Edited by peroa, 17 March 2013 - 08:26.