NathanOlder wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:24 am
But 10 years ago Mercedes didnt even have an F1 team, and a lot of the drivers you mentoned for Mclaren were young, so when you say the last 10 years or so, its more like the last 20 years or so (21yrs for Lewis I think) So for Mercedes to be bringing drivers in to F1 after 6yrs of being in the sport (Ocon and Wehrlein) They have actually done a better job than Mclaren and Ferrari. When it comes to putting drivers in your 1st team at an early age is unknown as to whether its good. Max had over a year in a small team, Daniel a few years, Vettel a year and a bit, They all worked out. Vandoorne, KMag both backfired for Mclaren for 1 reason or another. So with have Mercedes been the worst ?
McLaren was part of Mercedes back then. You could track back the Mercedes junior program all the way back to Wendlinger, Frenzen and Schumacher.
Mercedes' program produces to day 3 world champions (Schumacher, Hamilton and Rosberg) with a combined number of titles of 13 (and counting), almost half the possible titles from when they started in the early nineties.
Mercedes have more of a luxury problem, just like RedBull had a couple of years ago, with their seats taken by drivers who make a decent team.
So no, Mercedes their junior program is highly successful, as is RedBulls. Ferrari's on the other hand, there have not been real succeses yet. Massa is a bit of succes, Perez bailed and sadly Charles had his accident and up to this year, most of the time the seats of the main team have been taken by outsiders.