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10/27/2010

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Let's hope Schumacher exhibits more grace (and brain power) than say Brett Favre which I think he certainly does have and accepts the Ross Brawn role. No guarantees though that he does any better a job than say Emerson Fittipaldi or Alain Prost. Being a team principal in F1 looks to be cut throat and it involves managing quite a few people as well. Driving is easier.

But Schuey and Haug would get a thumbs up from me if they can snag a former Mercedes driver named Mark Webber who would do very well on that team. They could even (occasionally) give Marky a Helmut Marko type group hug when the odd disaster strikes Mark during a race.

Rubbish. Nothing is going to change at MB GP.

Ross Brawn, along with Nick Fry (team CEO), owns just under 25 percent of the team. It's seriously unlikely that MB will be willing to cough up the £12m (at a minimum) to buy him out (which is probably contractually required in order to fire him). So the only way he'll retire is if it's his choice; and he's made it pretty clear he intends to be around next year.

And even if it is his choice to go, it's unlikely that Schumacher would replace him. I don't doubt that Schumacher is a smart guy, but he doesn't have the experience to be an F1 team principal. Yes, he helped Ferrari with some development after he retired. But he's never run a team, or run one of the major departments in a team. In fact he has no real management experience at all (being Todt's 'super assistant' really doesn't count). Pretty much all the team principals in F1 have a significant amount of technical management experience in F1 or team management experience at other levels. I don't know who the official Technical Director is for MB GP, but I suspect that Ross has been basically wearing two hats all year. Which likely means they don't have somebody on the engineering side who'd be strong enough to backstop Schumacher (the way Gascoyne does at Lotus).

The fact of the matter is that the current MB GP car is pretty awful.
Last year Brawn GP put all their time and money into developing last
year's car in order to win the championship. They didn't start
development on the 2010 car until the 2009 season was over; which
simply isn't enough time to build a winning car. And while it's true
that Schumacher hasn't been able to get as much out of the car as
Rosburg, that's really not all that surprising given that he was
retired for 3 years and wasn't in good enough shape in 2009 to sub for
Massa. Frankly I expected him to be a lot worse.

The press have been generating all sorts of wild scenarios about Schumacher's demise since the first lap of the 2010 season. This is just another wild scenario based on nothing but an off-hand comment by Brawn about what he'd like to do after he steps down as Principal.

Let's hope Schumacher exhibits more grace (and brain power) than say Brett Favre which I think he certainly does have and accepts the Ross Brawn role. No guarantees though that he does any better a job than Emerson Fittipaldi or Alain Prost. Being a team principal in F1 looks to be cut throat and it involves managing quite a few people as well. Driving is easier.

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