Formula 1’s managing director of motorsport, Ross Brawn, has bemoaned the continued struggles of McLaren and Williams.
But Brawn has highlighted just how important stability is in a sport as unforgiving as Formula 1.
“Mercedes still have the same people that I found there in 2007 [when it was Honda] and that is more than 10 years of stability,” Brawn told Autosport.
“That’s so important.
“Williams and McLaren, they went through changes and it always takes a while for those things to settle down.
“They are great teams with a great history, but unfortunately Formula 1 is not a great respecter of histories. It only respects what’s going on track.
“We as Formula 1 very much want those teams to get back into a competitive position because they’re great teams and great brands. But Formula 1 has no mercy.
“If you’re not doing a first-class job, it’s demonstrated every Sunday or every other Sunday. They have capacity to get back into a competitive place, but it’s a tough job.”