Niki Lauda should not be taken as the voice of Mercedes although he thinks he is. A lot of what he says is not representative of the wishes of Mercedes.
I still think that we should not be damming Mercedes long term future until Lowe and Wolff show us what they got. And if anyone mentions the MP4-28 then they should conmsider that Lowe probably had the Merc move in mind for a while. And he might not have had so much, so to say, 'input' on the Mclaren which is why it was slow.
Lowe is a competent designer and he has an incredible design team to work with. I reckon the 4 of them plus Wolff has what it takes to challenge Adrian Newey. Of course Brawn had the calibre to do that on his own. But despite his reputation I would still take those 4 brains over Brawns one.
It was Brawn who hired them, and it was Brawn who coordinated them. Lowe did not go there to design. He went to Merc to Lead. It will come down to ability, respect and authority. You don't just get that automatically with your paycheck. I am not writing off anything, and yes, they may prove me wrong. I just feel this is a step or two backwards, or to put it in another way ,it surely hasn't strengthened Mercedes. As somebody said already, there is a certain inertia for 2014, let's see how this unfolds.
Edited by Szoelloe, 03 December 2013 - 17:15.