Mercedes GP in trouble?

By on Monday, February 21, 2011

After nearly 3 tests, a running order has emerged and it is Mercedes GP who appear to be the team in real trouble.

Whilst there are rumblings of McLaren's design team taking the wrong term, it is the real silver arrows who have big issues with the W02

Late on Saturday, the German marque’s Norbert Haug appeared to admit that the W02 is not as good as the Brackley based team would like it to be.

“If there was a race today, we would not be in the top ten,” German media quoted him saying.

The following day, after Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel had been fastest on the opening two days at the Circuit de Catalunya, Nico Rosberg took the silver car to the top of the times.

Haug told Auto Motor und Sport: “We know that at the moment our car is not good enough for the top ten, but we had been hampered by having to cut holes because of temperature problems, and also Nico had been without KERS.

“Our plan is that with our new aerodynamics package we close much of the gap and have the car good enough for the podium.”

Michael Schumacher is quoted by Speed Week: “Our goal is the same as it was a few weeks ago. With this car we want to be on the podium and, if things go well, maybe win a race.”

Auto Motor und Sport calculated that the W02 is about 1.5 seconds per lap slower than the new Red Bull during a race simulation.

F1Zone will have a full review of the test tomorrow and who's hot and who's not.

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