That version of history conveniently forgets that Mark's early career in Europe was plagued by budget problems. He had opportunities with Merc (until the break up over flipping cars), had agreements with Arrows until they folded, and then was picked up by Benetton. All that with no budget to speak of is very impressive. He might not have won any titles, but he did get the best out of the cars he drove all the way through given the opportunity he had.
And MW got a single day test, where Fisi also was there, and MW was over one second faster, first time in an F1 car. Flavio was there, and he signed MW within a super short time, and MW would test for Renault for a year, while driving in the lower open wheelers at the same time as doing his Renault testing duties which in those times were considerable. Renault compared MW with the younger Alonso, and chose Alonso for the Renault race seat, although they said at the time that Alonso was no quicker, but was younger. And no doubt, FA had more marketing pull, being Spanish. And its turned out that FA does carry a huge financial backing. Stoddard then got MW into Minardi, and MW got some points, first time for the team for quite a long time. MW then got the Jag drive, and was offered there this time the Renault seat, alongside FA who was established there. But MW chose the BMW backed Williams team, which turned out to be a bad choice. On the Jag, the motor sucked. The team was quite open about it ... still MW put it on the front row a few times.
About the cars, the wheels won't have covers next season, and this will have a great effect on the aero IMO. Also since the cars will be much heavier, the brake cooling will be more important than last year, and the cooling will be new due to the change in the wheel covers. While its an opportunity, I reckon the bigger teams with the bigger resources might gain something in that area. McLaren never seem to get brake issues (accept when Ferrari said they were using Ferrari IP for their rear braking system - which basically gave them close to ABS, due to changing pressure balancing under brakes, which I still think was against the rules! ). McLaren had eight separate teams working on alternative rear braking concepts. I don't see RBR have such resources! I also recall RBR having occasional brake issues - one time MW broke a disk at the end of a fast Q2 ... we've seen MW have a brake issue this season too, and also have had that brake dust issue which often indicates overheating carbon disks ... and he stopped in a race due to his front brakes I think. So I think the brakes are an issue for some potential good design, but I fear its an area where big developers such as Ferrari and McLaren, have a competitive advantage in that area.
About the front of the RBR5 v the Brawn, its accepted that the Brawn had superior front aero hence front grip. The RBR5 had the weight too far back, until the MkII car came along (the Silverstone car) where the wheels were both moved back, which shifted the weight forward. But the RBR still didn't have the front aero excellence of the Brawn most felt.
The extra weight will also challenge cooling again, because extra weight will stress the engine more IMO. Lots of packaging issues there ... but then such packaging issues might suit Newey, he's good at that although his reputation is that sometimes he goes overboard a bit! But then he doesn't design the car really does he!!!
Edited by Melbourne Park, 07 December 2009 - 06:34.