You knew it was going to happen, you just didn’t know when it was going to start, but a number change was all it took.
Michael Schumacher has taken the first step to making himself appear as the number one Mercedes GP driver, by taking the number three sticker for his car from Nico Rosberg.
Nico was originally listed on the FIA’s document of 2010 entries as the number three, due to Jenson Button taking the number one with him to McLaren – so Lewis has number two – then Brawn getting three and four because they won the constructors’ championship.
But Schuey apparently expressed an interest in the third number because he prefers odd numbers, and Merc were only too happy to oblige.
Wonder if Nico was consulted first?
F1 teams are very keen these days to say there is no number one driver, and that both pilots are treated equally. But little things like this are always pointers to which driver is really on top of the pile within a team.
Jenson Button at Brawn last year was clearly favoured over teammate Rubens Barrichello – even though the team would always strongly deny it – as was Lewis Hamilton over Heikki Kovalainen.
If there are upgrades on offer to one car at a race weekend, the driver who’s ahead on points will get it, thus helping them to stretch their points advantage, which in-turn keeps them at the top.
There’s always clearly a number one driver, and Michael Schumahcer was obviously going to be Merc’s. Poor old Rosberg must have been feeling slightly dejected when Michael was announced to take Button’s vacant seat, and it’s only going to get worse for him unless he can beat Schuey on the track.
Who do you think’s going to come out on top?