Mysticf1 wrote:I'm interested to know what your comments would be if Merc went home with chassis issues?
It really amazes me how this team is able to attract the greatest of both extremes, blind hate or blind love/optimism. Personally the more teams up front the better but i'm not going to count any chickens until Melb q3...if not the first European races.
This "blind optimism" is something the naysayers keep putting in our mouths. You'd be hard pressed to find a bigger Merc fan, who posts regularly, than JET or myself and neither of us have once stated we expect Merc to take the championship in 2012. Nor even second. What JET and I want is for the W03 to close the gap with the top three. We want to see *progress*. If they break into the top three, all the better.
I bring up the "burnt paint" comment, because I think it's asinine, shows bias, and implies the poster hasn't been closely following this or the previous thread. As the engineers on this thread have repeated several times already, burnt paint does not equal or even necessarily imply overheating. Even the right brained posters like myself would be able to point out that it's not unusual to see burnt paint on various, even front-running, cars throughout the season. "Burnt paint" is just a silly thing to go on about.
...Just as its silly for a Lotus fan to throw rocks right after his team has tucked its tail between its legs and gone home for the week. I have nothing against Lotus, I just think it was foolish of Ringo to make such an incendiary comment in this thread, at this time.
To answer your question... if Merc had gone home with Lotus's problem, I'd be gutted. I'm not a fair-weather fan, so I'd hold out hope, but I'd be very, very concerned. And I confess... I may even grasp at straws, or go into another team's thread and claim their car isn't ready.