Thats just it. The effect of electronics may be less with a SECU but the fact that no driver can really do any testing this season except for a few laps on Friday means the effect of electronics and finding workarounds today is significantly more of an issue for a driver.
Oh yeah.. i'd imagine a discussion with Ross would have gone something like this:
R: Michael.. come out of retirement and come race for MGP.
M: Sounds interesting.. i am kind of bored!
R: Wouldnt it be a great challenge and fun to build up another team?
M: Ross.. now you know i cant resist such an offer.
R: So.. done. You're now Merc #1 driver.
M: Fine. Who were you thinking for #2..
R: Probably Nico
R: Done. I was thinking.. a 3 year agreement with you having the option out of it after year 2 or 3..
M: Sounds reasonable. If i like the situation, i'll stay on board.. if not, i'll just retire for good and take on a team position.. be on the wall with you??
R: Sounds good. Done. Was thinking something like 10m.. what do you think?
M: Whatever you think is fair and reasonable according to market conditions. What would Nico be making.
R: .. 15m..
M: Hmm... on the other hand... maybe i don't need to take on that risk or headache of media etc.
R: Come on Michael.. you know i was just kidding.. by having you on board we'd be able to get 50m-100m in sponsorship.. Plus I havent forgotten about all those championship and race wins.
M: Not funny
So ... as long as Nico gets a less then me then go ahead get that 50m from Sponsor X..
R: WOW.. you're an excellent negotiator.. you drive a really hard bargain.
M: I couldn't make it easy for you.. you did win the championship with that diffuser last year know..
R: Thanks for the millions by the way to help pay off the FIA for that..
Edited by Paco, 13 August 2010 - 11:06.