The irony, is that Ferrari cheating with their engine last season forced Merc to step up their game even more. Now that Ferrari has been slapped back down to earth by the FIA (and then built a shitbox to boot), Merc is sitting pretty with a car built to compete against an opponent that no longer exists.
I'm all for the pink Merc. Why shouldn't midfield teams try to copy what has been the best car in the sport for years?
Really? I thought you'd be against it.
I don't mind it either unless it's copied that hard. They all copy each other in one way or another, they're simply more subtle about it.
I imagine it's too late to copy DAS though. That is brilliant. Useful maybe once or twice a race but still brilliant.
I would be against it if a top team went out and tried to completely replicate last year's Merc, because whatever gains that might bring you, I don't believe you'll ever be a real championship threat when you're simply imitating what the winner has already built in the past.
But a midfield team, fighting for whatever points they can get any given week...why not? If they have the ability to reasonably reverse engineer what was the best car on track last year, I say go for it.
Hell, putting straight up copying aside for a moment, I don't understand why teams haven't taken more cues from Mercedes' design philosophy in general. Year after year after year, they've built a low rake car, and keep winning everything. Meanwhile, everyone else is out here building high rake cars year after year, and what have they got to show for it? At what point do these people acknowledge that Newey is no longer the person designing the best chassis?