Mercedes have admitted that they are more under pressure to make a powerful car for Lewis Hamilton; Michael Schumacher was joined the Mercedes team in 2010 season, following the three season Seven time world champion failed with powerless car, he just took one podium finish at European GP from the 58 races.
Now they are making a race winning car for another world champion Lewis Hamilton for 2013 F1 challenge. The Brit finished a six-year stint at McLaren to joins at Mercedes following signing a three-year deal with the Brackley group.
Mercedes Team CEO Nick Fry admitted the pressure to ensure history is not repeated with Hamilton, a driver at the peak of his powers, is huge.
“I think it’s a clear indication of the aspirations of the team. We’ve had probably one of the greatest drivers of all time driving for us, who was clearly in age terms reaching the later part of his career when he arrived with us,” Fry told Autosport.
“In order to do well in Formula 1, you’ve got to do well in every respect. You’ve got to have the best technology, you’ve got to have the best teamwork, you’ve got to have the best management and you have to have the best drivers.
“[Hamilton’s arrival] is very exciting for the team and also puts a lot of pressure on because Ross [Brawn] has to provide him with a very good car. He can’t win with a car which is duff. He can win with a car that is not quite the best, but the competition is such that you can’t bridge a huge gap.”
Nick Fry added that Lewis Hamilton in the same category as Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, a driver you could give not quite the best car and he could still win races.
“Certainly in my view, Lewis and Fernando Alonso are the two best drivers,” he added. “I’d caveat that by saying Sebastian Vettel may well be in that group, but he’s always had the best car, and he’s got to prove it, in my mind. Certainly Fernando this year, when the Ferrari has not been the best car by any stretch of the imagination, has still done an exceptional job. Nick added.
“And I think Lewis is still in that category of being a driver you could give not quite the best car and he could still win races, whereas most of the other drivers in the Formula 1 field will probably win the race if you give them the best car.”