Thanks for the replies guys, I'm a bit more hopefull of the teams' prospects when he takes over the wheel. Nevertheless, I still wish that Ross would stay a bit longer.
The team is displaying a boldness regarding next year that leads me to believe that they know next years' car is going to be very good. Ofcourse, there are no garuantees in life - but if the car is very good, I would want Ross to share in the joy. He has stoically absorbed all the criticism over the last few years, it seems massively unfair to be given the boot when his plans are just starting to pay dividients.
But still, I'm glad to hear the positive endorsements about Paddy.
Don't take the team's word for it. I recall McLaren in 2012 being very bold about the 2013 car. I am not saying Mercedes is McLaren but they still have two very influential former McLarinettes on their team, so I wouldn't be surprised if there is a little bit of tendency to exaggerate. Like most things in formula 1, you are well advised to wait until the 2013 season is a couple of weeks in.