bar555 wrote:The new 2010 Mercedes car would for sure be a further development of BGP001 ( rather than started from blank sheet ) based from the start on the Mercedes engine . We will see if it would be 3 or more seconds faster and if the above are based on reality or not . Of cource the new slimmer front tyres would play a key role on new car’s aero nad mechanical development
Exactly what i was thinking.
And in the F1 Racing mag, the Brawn/Mercedes guy said that they have held back developments back for the 2010 car, but we know that the front of the car, via quotes accredited to Ross Brawn, the nose and cockpit area will look like a RB5 as it offers better development potential.
So, if we take theese facts on board, with the rumored £250million budget that Mercedes are affording for the team, outside other sponsorships like Petronas £55million, i think the team will be still providing the yardstick for the 2010 cars.
Personaly, i think that Mercedes and Red Bull will still be the ones to beat, Ferarri and McLaren will start from a closer point relitive to MGP and RBR, but will still have a little catch up to do. Williams, Renault and Sauber will be where Toyota were relitive to BGP were last year, and Force India and STR will be even closer. Im thinkint that the teams from 2009 in 2010 will only have arround .5 to .7 of a second covering them. With Lotus .3-.5 off that and Campos and Virgin to be a futher .3-.5 behind and USF1 to be up to 2.5 behind the lead pack of MGP, RBR, McLaren and Ferarris.