Any other team could have done a better job that Mercedes. But they didn't. And they still didn't for several years. Some teams even fell out with their engine suppliers, which didn't help their cause, either. None of which is the fault of Mercedes or the rules which they were all following.proteus wrote: ↑Sun Dec 19, 2021 9:56 amEverybody likes to forget that F1 started to go down right after 2002, 03 season. Privateers started to shrink, being unable to get proper results, and arrival of big car companies. Costs risen and field got smaller. Then there were constant rule changes, higher costs and limitations. It all boiled up in 2014 when Mercedes secured themself an advantage over its opposition which is lasting 8 seasons in a row and it might continue into the future.
The move to reality TV style F1 wasn't caused by the engine rules or Mercedes, it was caused by a misunderstanding of young people by the likes of Bernie Ecclestone. It was down to him that F1 didn't get in to modern content delivery back in the day. Now, F1 is playing catch up and, being owned by a media company of US origin, they are heading down the route most familiar to the owners.
But, hey, blame Mercedes.