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Old 12 Apr 2019, 02:45 (Ref:3896926)   #1
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Mercedes: Will they ever dominate again?

They’ve won the first two races, but were pummelled in pre-season testing and lucked into the last race win. It looks all over. Is it just a matter of time before we have a Williams or McLaren style thread so I hought I’d get in there (hence the silly thread title).

Lewis will retire. New regs. Ferrari and their new challenger are here. Honda will come good and deliver baby Verstappen the car he needs. End of a dynasty (just like the Patriots?)?

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Old 12 Apr 2019, 02:50 (Ref:3896927)   #2
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Hamilton and Bottas are quickest in the current practice session, but that means nothing
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Hamilton and Bottas are quickest in the current practice session, but that means nothing
Everyone else is clearly sandbagging just to flatter the Benzes...
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Everyone else is clearly sandbagging just to flatter the Benzes...
Amazing the lengths Williams have gone to!
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Old 12 Apr 2019, 10:27 (Ref:3896978)   #5
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Graz should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridGraz should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridGraz should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridGraz should be qualifying in the top 3 on the grid
2 races, 2 1-2's. Yep, their dominance is slipping alright.
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certainly things change and no one ever stays dominant forever so i see this period coming to an end. 5-6 year periods seem to be the norm or was for RB and Ferrari before them.

will they dominate again?

personally i hope the cost cutting/budget cap systems works and leads to a more competitive era where no one team dominates.

that said the Patriots are an interesting reference as they have created a dynasty during a period of salary caps and league parity, equalization of league revenues etc - making what the Pats do much more impressive.

but maybe bigger question is do Merc still fund/prioritize their F1 program at a maximum level after LH retires?

and at some point you think their budget priorities will shift to FE?

so another question is if there will be any point (mass marketing/mainstream/advanced technology) in dominating F1 in the mid to long term future?
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Are we talking about Mistress Mercedes the dominatrix at the House of Whips and Chains returning to work?.....if so I have a friend who may be interested in a one hour session.
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I think only the Harlem Globetrotters have continued to stay dominate for so long

Merc though now have a real threat in Ferrari, but still that could all change as the season goes on
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Eh? What have they ever dominated? The only trophy they ever won was in 1940!
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Never heard of basketball?
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Never heard of basketball?
They're an exhibition team. The Globetrotters won the World Professional Basketball Tournament once, in 1940.
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Never heard of basketball?
I've heard of it.

Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs are the 3 teams with the best claims of 'dominating'. Globetrotters' results are about the same level as the McMahon family's dominance of WWE!
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