Nico Rosberg believes that Mercedes face a difficult decision when choosing which path to take with the development of their car for 2013.
As we enter the second half of the season, the teams now have to decide to either continue developing their current car in order to score some big results in the remaining nine rounds but sacrifice the beginning of next season, or stop producing upgrades for the 2013 model in favor of a strong season in 2014. As Brawn proved in 2009, shifting focus early can reap great rewards, and Rosberg has admitted that he is in two minds over the decision.
“I’m in two minds,” Rosberg told German publication AMuS. “On the one hand, I find it so cool to come to a race weekend with the best car, thinking ‘I can put it on pole and win’. It’s a great feeling.
“On the other hand, half of me thinks next year is such a huge opportunity, because of all the changes. If we just keep driving what we have now, we can still get some good successes out of this car.”
Mercedes have enjoyed their most successful season to date in 2013, winning three races and arguably possessing the quickest car over one-lap, claiming 70% of the pole positions so far this year. Therefore, shifting focus too early could end all hopes of a surge for the championship and even hand P2 in the constructors’ to Ferrari and Lotus. Thankfully for Mercedes, the other ten teams will also be facing a similar dilemma.