SF Engineer wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:27 pm
GPR -A wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:16 pm
Worth keeping this framed and put it on wall, so that I can look at this after every race next year.
You make it sound as though he is being overly zealous regarding the teams chances next year. In fact he is just stating what should be obvious. Considering the large scale of change that has been brought about by Incorporating a new power unit and a completely new partner into the fold, the result for 2019 has been on par with expectations. Next year is the year in which a much more fair comparison can be made. That does not mean that next year Red Bull will be more competitive or less competitive, only that they can be judged more rationally.
I know where it's coming from.
Assuming he keeps word and prints this out and frame it to the wall, i wonder how he will cope if Max turns out to beat Hamilton to the championship and make it a Max WDC and RedBull WCC. Not saying that'll happen, but replies like his make me wonder how he'll cope with that. [/quote]I don't have a problem in enjoying an explosive talent beating a proven talent (of course on track and not a verbal war like Max of late has been doing), which is a course of life. We have witnessed that with Senna in late 80s, Michael in the mid 90s and Fernando in mid 2000s. But I would like to call out soothsayers and naysayers when they are wrong, especially blinded by over optimism and constantly under estimating the might of those who have been champions for a reason. Every time it was a change of course on F1, that stopped the domination of a team.
Mercedes has conquered 3 major rule changes, starting with 2014. They are the only team to have a championship across two distinct set of regulations. With 2020 being just an evolution, expecting either Mercedes or Ferrari lose the current advantage and the pace of development, is nothing but poor optimism. But even if that happens, I wouldn't be too disappointed, but I wouldn't bet my house on that, looking at how difficult it is to bring major performance advantage over rivals in the stable set of regulations.
Horner and Marko got ahead of themselves at the conclusion of winter testing that they are ahead of Mercedes. Then it was about Spec 2 Honda and how RBR would bring fast upgrades after learning that Honda has more power than what RBR that. Then it was Spec 3 and then Spec 4 and then Spec 5 and a new fuel. It's season over and RBR still stands quite far back in terms of challenging the top two. Horner kept claiming that, they have a much better race car than qualifying and as the season is getting over, that isn't the case either now. What is evoking optimism here?
While that was the story from team personnel, all through this season, this team thread was full of blind optimism about how RBR can beat Mercedes as Mercs were "only a few tenths away". Well, that didn't happen and never really looked like happening with the pace at which Merc and Ferrari brought upgrades and increased the performance gap.
RBR's over reliance on Newey, who increasingly is giving a feeling that he is a spent force, isn't helping them. Unfortunately, they get even worse when he is not there. F1 has fast moved beyond the sheer brilliance of an individual and technology has started outsmarting individuals and in that regard, Ferrari and Mercedes have been excelling without any star individuals designing and developing their cars. Unless there is some kind of earth shattering miracle, it is practically difficult to expect RBR Honda churning out a championship winning campaign next year. So, I would DEFINITELY frame your previous post.