Drivers: Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg
2012 Constructors position: 5th
2012 Drives position: Rosberg 9th, Hamilton 4th (driving for McLaren)
Mercedes started 2012 well securing their first ever win since being renamed from Brawn GP. Their win in China was also Nico Rosberg’s maiden win and seemed to suggest that the team had finally produced a car that was capable of keeping up with the big boys of Red Bull and Ferrari. The first part of the season remained average despite Michael Schumacher taking a podium at Monaco and after the summer break Mercedes struggled to replicate their early season form. After such promise they failed to score at the last six races of the season and were one of the most disappointing teams of the 2012 season.
Whilst Rosberg stays with the team for 2013 Schumacher retired at the end of 2012 and was replaced by Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg may have had the measure against Schumacher during their time together at Mercedes but he faces a more difficult teammate challenge in the form of Hamilton. The former McLaren driver will most likely outscore Rosberg but a win or multiple wins for the team are possible but not guaranteed. Many have questioned the motives behind Hamilton’s move and suggest that it could be a mistake but only time will tell. It may be a change of scenery but it is yet to be seen if it was the right decision.
Despite some teething problems during the first of the pre-season tests in the last test in Barcelona the Mercedes looked good over one lap and showed promise in the long runs. The 2013 car could surprise this season but it should be remembered that in 2012 the car also showed promise early in the season only to fade away.
Predicted 2013 Constructors position: 4th