Basically Frank and Patrick have had enough of tantrums and were quite pleased to think that both of their turbulent drivers were on the move, which would clear the Williams-BMW decks for a couple of Antipodean breaths of fresh air like Aussie Mark Webber and Kiwi Scott Dixon.
Thank the Lord I'm not alone in thinking that Sir Frank should toss both Montoya and L'il Schumacher out on their ears. Bravo, Mr. Young. Molly-coddled, millionaire drivers should have the grey-matter to realize that when things aren't going too well, you work to fix it, not throw temper-tantrums and whinge and whine to the media.
With R. Schumacher, I'm not sure if it is/was histrionics; more likely he allowed resident sycophants and an inflated ego to severely overvalue his worth as a professional driver. If Ralf would take a peek over the heads of the hangers-on, he may see a long line of talented young drivers itching to step into his Williams seat. If Toyota goes delusional and signs R. Schumacher for buckets of money, they deserve exactly what they get. And speaking of Toyota ...
Toyota ... has to win and it has the how-much-do-you-need finance to do it.
Toyota needs to look down the pit lane and consider the sad early history of BAR before trucking in great pallets of cash, thinking money alone will buy an F1 constructor's title. David Richards has finally fixed a rudder to the BAR team, and the results are coming in. Let's hope that Mike Gascoyne can work the same.
But that is to pre-suppose that it's always going to be like this and you have to remember that the status never stays quo forever in Formula 1, ... when even they must know that the whole Ferrari tower of success will come tumbling down the millisecond that Schumacher, M., announces his retirement.
It would be an interesting read if Eoin Young could be enticed into speculating on what events would occur at Ferrari when M. Schumacher shuffles off to pursue other interests. It's far too easy to look like a management guru (Lord, I do hate that word!) during the good times; the real test of management skill comes when you have to turn around an organization that is heading downhill with a bullet. I wonder if anyone at Ferrari is planning for that day ...
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