The season started with the news that Nico Rosberg was signed, followed by the announcement that seven times world champion Michael Schumacher would join the team. There were high expectations that partially have been fulfilled.
Disappointment amongst fans when the car was unveiled. It seemed conservative and hardly revolutionary. It showed in its results: It wasn't capable of fighting for wins and midway through the season Mercedes GP came to realize that their best best would be to focus on next year. Problems with weight distribution, getting the diffuser to work properly and managing tyre degradation played a big part in what was a decent year by Mercedes, when it should have been a great year.
Literally nothing compared to the amount of news generated by the return of the author of the record books - Michael Schumacher. His return was highly anticipated by some, questioned by others. His season started decent (in light of his three year absense) and quick progression was foreseen by many. The quick progression turned out to be long-term slow progression, which lead to interesting discussions about his form. Had trouble in getting the tyres to work, wasn't really happy with the handling of the car. Was hit by some bad luck in some races, car irregularities throughout the season and then crippled by some of the worst team tactics we have seen in 2010. Many claimed he should and would retire at the end of 2010, but he himself kept smiling and looking forward to the better days, which he hopes he can find in 2011. His end-of-2010 form is promising and should the new car and new tyres suit his driving more there might be a spectacular season ahead of us. Has shown to be a great team player and able to support the other driver when seemingly required by the team.
Nico Rosberg faced an interesting prospect at the start of 2010. The return of an alltime great in stead of facing 2009 World Champion Jenson Button as his teammate. Managed to do extremely well against the seven times world champion. He too was hit by some bad luck and probably would have ended up sixth in the WDC without it. Got the most out of the car in most races and was rewarded early on in the season with two podiums. Manifested himself as the team's #1 driver having the highest stake to fight for (6th in the WDC). Team strategy was focused on him and has paid off for the most part.
What will 2011 bring? KERS is confirmed for the MGP W02, but that's basically as far as it goes at the moment. An interesting foresight is the fact that Mercedes GP started focusing on the 2011 car early on in the season, and the fact that it's already been adhering to the new mandatory lowering of personnel numbers for over a year now.
Will 2011 have the silver arrows flying? Will we see two more drivers be able to mix it with the front runners? Or will 2011 again turn out to be decent in stead of great?
Discuss here while we pass the time until the start of the 2011 F1 season!
Edited by Augurk, 16 November 2010 - 18:02.