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    Irks me how conveniently forgetful so many people are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Irks me how conveniently forgetful so many people are.
    The thing is that he has gone to a team with no real pedigree, the Brawn year aside, the best Honda did was a few second places and a fortuitous win in hungary. In the last few years they are probably the biggest underachievers on the grid.

    Maybe he knows something we don't?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brucy View Post
    Maybe he knows something we don't?
    Also worth noting that the team has changed a LOT since the Honda days... when Brawn resurected the team they reduced the staff
    about 80% and since the Mercedes have grown the team again.

    I agree that they have not had a successful design this year but next year could be a whole new game (or is it the year after??) with the new engines and significant rule changes. Exactly where a well funded manufacturer team will have the advantage!

    Dave

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    Ferrari had pedigree but 30-40 years of title drought.

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    Very true.

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    Yep, next season itís all about engine performance, and less about aero. So teams who build their own motors will have an immediate advantage. Iím gutted as I'm a massive Lewis fan (even moved my account to Santander...), but frankly Mercedes part financed Lewisís entire career with McLaren and McLaren have had their chance to give him the car and the number 1 seat and they blew it.

    There's no such thing as friends in F1 amongst teammates.

    I too blame Nicole, Tom!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brucy View Post
    The thing is that he has gone to a team with no real pedigree, the Brawn year aside, the best Honda did was a few second places and a fortuitous win in hungary. In the last few years they are probably the biggest underachievers on the grid.

    Maybe he knows something we don't?
    Ross Brawn took over Honda renamed them Brawn, won the championship and sold the team to Mercedes for millions. 1 for 1. Plus Brawn was behind the most winning F1 driver ever during Shumacher's Ferarri years. My money is on Mercedes v Ferarri and a strong challenge from Lotus for next year.

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    F1 has been like this for a long time. Lotus in the 1960s!

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    This move has more to do with restrictive contracts and image rights.

    McLaren do not allow their drivers to do their own sponsorship deals but Mercedes do...Hamilton's management company know that he can earn much more under such a regime...

    ...and as others have said Schumacher took an under-achieving Ferrari team and wiped the floor with the others albeit in the days when unlimited testing (and budget) and a helpful tyre company made it possible to really fine tune a car.

    Personally I am interested to see what Perez can do with a team like McLaren...I think he may be the one to watch in the next few years...bring it on!

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