hmmm.....doesn't seem to be to enthusiastic about 2013.
More than likely he was playing down expectations; if their aim is to be pushing for the World championship in 2014, than regardless of any playing down coming out of either Brackley or Stuttgart, 2013 will be a very important year. They've invested a lot in attaining both the facilities and the key personnel in order for them to make a push, and if nothing else 2013 will act as a test run to see how the various constituent parts they've assembled fit and work together, and whether they have the capacity to maintain development and push until the end. I think 2013s most important impact will be psychological. What separates the winners from the losers more often than not is the self-belief that not only can you win the championship, but that you will win the championship; reduced to a few words to the difference between hesitancy and decisiveness in the face of pressure. Its a psychological edge that is important since without it even if you have the fastest car, and the fastest driver you can still lose the championship, A good example of this is Manchester United or for an F1 example Red Bull, who had the capacity to win in 2009 and win much earlier in 2010 (even in spite of reliability) yet if you were to replace the team they are now, with the team they were back down, 2012 could well have been their fourth championship on the trot, with the only real difference being the confidence and self-belief that they are winners. Despite winning as Brawn four years ago (a team that could be argued almost lost the championship), Mercedes are essentially a different team, a team which lacks such a belief, and 2013 will be pivotal in attaining it. Should 2013 be a replica of the second half of 2012, it doesn't matter how much the engine regs will suit them in 2014, they will have to rely on a greater amount of factors outside of their control with the major players all getting it wrong, and for a 2009ish year before they win it.
Even if we were present for the actual interview, I doubt we would have perceived any lack of enthusiasm, make no bones about it 2013 is essentially a make or break year for Mercedes.
Edited by Kvothe, 17 January 2013 - 12:32.