Me either! Testing doesn't tell a whole lot, but I think we can count on the Red Bull cars to be fast again with the other usual suspects closer behind. The only question for me is if Mercedes will be in the game this year.
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I think The Petronas Mercedes team will be a lot better. God bless Michael, but he was more of a problem than a help. Louis will drive the car better than Michael did. The 2014 cars are probably going to be the breakthrough cars.
I look at what Ross Brawn did with a team Honda ditched and still am amazed at that glorious year for his team and Jenson.
The big money MB brought in a level of bureaucracy that Brawn had gotten away from. It hindered him as a team principle. He has gotten all that sorted out now so maybe 2013 will be a pleasant surprise for MB fans.
BMW with all their might threw in the towel and Sauber bought it back a few years ago at great personal financial risk and he is doing better than BMW did on his shoestring budget. Why did he buy it back? People that worked for him for a long time where going to lose everything and Sauber could not stand by and watch that. I really admire that type of man and his passion for the sport.
That being said, when I was living in England I could walk into the McLaren compound and just hang out. Things were so different in the late 70s in F1. They gave me tea and chatted all the time. Today it is like a military fortress.
So I am still a McLaren fan and will be forever. Not sure how they look this year.
I agree the Red Bulls are probably going to be a very fast team. As long as they have Adrian Newey they will always be contenders. IMO it is time for them to cut the cord with Mark Webber and get some fresh blood in that chassis. I am pretty sure that will happen in 2014 if they do not win the constructors championship.