Formula One News » Herbert: Development is where Mercedes struggle Posted on 15/01/2013
Former formula 1 driver Johnny Herbert is looking forward to seeing Jenson Button lead McLaren but concedes that former team mate Lewis Hamilton’s new team Mercedes struggle with development.
“It is good for me to see Jenson Button getting the chance to lead McLaren this season. It is a very good opportunity for him to be able to lead the team into a second World Championship and there is potential for that to happen. On the other side, his team-mate from last year has left for Mercedes and Lewis is in a different situation.” Herbert told crash.net
“Yes he can lead the team, that is all well and good, but we haven’t seen a good Mercedes as yet. Development always seems to have been where they struggle and that is something that they will hope changes for 2013. Maybe the input in this year’s car from the team that Ross Brawn has put together in the past year or so will be the deciding factor in whether the car is a race winner.
“We know Lewis will get the best out of it and I think he’ll win a race or two, but he will want to win a World Championship. That is where we need to see if the core development team, the engineers and the designers, have been able to give him a car that will let him do that.”
“People say that Mercedes will be in the best position for 2014 and they will have the best engine,” he said. “That may be so, but they need a good car as well as there is no point having the best engine in a bad car. That is something they have to work on and hopefully it will be something that Lewis can utilise.”