Giblet wrote:Whether they had to use them in a race or in practice it doesn't matter.
Well..it does, really. Doesn't it?
Giblet wrote:The team had to swap engines more often. The drivers had to practice and learn new tracks with underpowered engines, then have a different lump for the race.
No matter how you slice it, performance wise, it is entirely to the detriment of STR.
Giblet wrote:I am sure that financially it was a fine move for STR..
Obviously true, otherwise they wouldn't have agreed to something like that.
Giblet wrote:I just think that Mercedes have handled the use of their engines like real sportsmen, especially with Brawn and FIF1. I have seen no reason to think that Mercedes wants anything but the best engine they can put in any car.
Here's the thing. Mercedes were not competing in F1 as a factory team until now, thus had nothing to lose and everything to gain whether it was a McLaren, Brawn or FI car winning. On the contrary, Ferrari's image would receive a serious blow were a STR car to finish ahead of a Ferrari car, since Ferrari competes as a factory team: no one would praise the Ferrari engine at the back of the STR!
This has changed now though, and whether we'll see a return to the good old days when a Merc engine at the back of a McLaren was much more likely not to last the race distance (especially in the hands of Kimi) only remains to be seen.
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. H.P.Lovecraft