Why Mercedes failed to deliver

Why Mercedes failed to deliver

The Mercedes package looked good on paper: title-winning pedigree, a seven-time champion and manufacturer backing, but the combination failed to win in 2010. Edd Straw explains why

It was all going to be so easy. The reigning world champion team, the support of a major manufacturer and the most successful driver in the history of Formula 1 all came together under the direction of arguably the most brilliant technical leader in modern motorsport and most expected the results to live up to the sum of the team's parts. But it wasn't easy... not by a long shot.

While it would be unfair to characterise Mercedes GP's 2010 season as disastrous, it was not a great year. Three podium finishes, all taken by Nico Rosberg, one front-row start, again courtesy of the impressive ex-Williams driver, and fourth in the constructors' championship under pressure from Renault was not the stuff that the Stuttgart/Brackley alliance was created to deliver. Pretty much the only real success story was Rosberg emerging as a driver capable of delivering at a high-level week in, week out.

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