Then you said...
I'm predicting third place.
I also predict that if Schumi passes Vettel on merit, on the track, it'll be considered the pass of the season and race announcers across the world will lose their voices as it happens.
And finally, I predict that if Schumi wins a race, a montage of him doing it to this soundtrack will play before the next race:http://youtu.be/ih89GCBkHmg?t=1m10s
Third place is far from reserved.
Wasn't Norby making the same prediction about 3rd?
Edit: I do give you credit for posting normally as opposed to what vocal fanboys probably would have posted. The problem is at this point in the season, JET continued downplaying how screwed up things are at MGP and has now apparently decided to no longer post here as a result of being called on it. I get the love for the Silver Arrows, I really do. But this is not a true Mercedes team. It's still a British team with silver paint.
We expected the W03 to be faster than the W02, that was reasonable. Therefore I predicted the W03 would do one notch better in the WCC than the W02. So yes, I'd say my speculation regarding third place was reasonable and reserved. I expected them to leap frog Ferrari, and I also expected Lotus to repeat 2011 by losing the development race. (If there was anyone I over hyped in those posts it was Vettel, who I expected to be running off with the championship again this year.)
Personally, I still hope (pray) that they'll reach third, but it's going to take a serious shift for that to happen.
I think JET's reaction is understandable. If the critics within this thread were all like Marcush, we wouldn't have a problem. Unfortunately, a number of those critics openly want this team to fail and take glee when it falters. That'd be fine, except they seem to take equal glee in laughing at the fans. This place shouldn't be like that. What I'd hope to find here are would-be F1 engineers, concerned for this team and trying to figure out specific, well spelled out solutions. As it is... the mods have described this as literally the worst thread on the forum.
As for the over-hyping, I'll give you this, Seija. There are two groups of fanboys in this thread: Merc fans, and Schumie fans. I'm a part of both groups. The straight Schumie fans do tend to be rather hot/cold about the team depending on how they're currently doing. When the team was doing well earlier this season, I do seem to remember hearing the WDC word thrown around a little. That's probably what you were remembering. The straight Merc fans though have remained reserved.
Call it a British team in silver paint all you want, but the fact remains that I am a Mercedes fan. My father has raced a Mercedes-Benz for over 30 years now, and the factory awarded him the MB Silver Star for his efforts. I come from a Mercedes family. Brits in silver paint or not, this is the team that MB has chosen to represent them, and as a Mercedes fan, I will support this team... in sickness and in health.