And you think Ross Brawn of all people is the thing that kept Michael from getting the better of Nico?.
I only implied that Ross Brawn is likely to have had a positive influence on Nico. I never said he kept Schumacher from getting the better of Nico. Nico is still learning and developing. Schumacher is clearly at the end of his career and is not the racer he was in his prime. Not much anyone can do about that.
Also, JB got his first win under the guiding hand of one just instated Shuhei Nakamoto, the man responsible of the brilliant Earth car the following year.
When Jenson won his 113th race in Hungary in changing conditions, he certainly didn't have the fastest car in the field. It was more like 4th fastest (Ferrari, McLaren and Renault being the 3 cars ahead on dry pace). With Brawn, he started out with the fastest car for at least the 1st part of the season. On that day at the Hungaroring in 2006, ISTR that 1) Kimi (polesitter) crashed out of the lead. 2) Schumacher was all over the place on his wet/intermediate Bridgestones and ultimately retired. 3) Alonso pulled off with an incorrectly fitted wheel nut while being in the lead, which robbed us of a straight fight between him and Jenson. Jenson drove a great, opportunistic race to put himself in that position, of course. When Alonso crashed out, all of Jenson's major competitors were out of contention and all he needed to do was to keep it clean, stay on the track and do consistent laptimes in changing conditions, which played to his strengths last I checked. The podium was made up of Jenson, Pedro de la Rosa and Nick Heidfeld, so not a typical podium of that season. In general, I was very impressed by Jenson's 2nd part of 2006. I remember when he finished 3rd on the podium in Brazil, that it was almost like he was the invisible man as the cameras were inevitably focusing on Massa and Alonso as I recall.
In terms of Shuhei Nakamoto's influence, the crucial difference is that Shuhei Nakamoto never guided Jenson (or indeed the Honda F1 team) anywhere but into the ground. Under Ross Brawn, Jenson became WDC and the team became WCC after 3 years (Ross was hired sometime during 2007 IIRC). Ross Brawn has taken 3 different manufacturers to world championships (Benetton, Ferrari and Brawn), which I have a hard time believing to be pure coincidence. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if he succeds in adding Mercedes to that list. But ok, perhaps I'm overstating Brawn's influence on Jenson a little. On the other hand, the man is highly regarded for his technical and leadership skills by those who have worked with him, so I have no doubt that it must have had at least some influence on Jenson.
But let's summarize: I started out with posting something which irked you. You pounced on that which is fair enough. Since then, I've tried to give my initial post some additional nuance. If you don't agree, let's agree to disagree. I'm unlikely to change my opinion that Ross Brawn had a positive influence on Jenson Button and helped him unlock his WDC potential, just as I'm unlikely to change my opinion that going up against Lewis Hamilton for three years at McLaren will have forced Jenson to be at the absolute top of his game and thus made him reach his full potential as a racing driver. Jenson has driven some fantastic races at McLaren, among which the Canadian GP last year, Suzuka last year and Spa this year are among my favourites. In Canada, he took out both Lewis and Fernando on his way to the win in a wet race, but at Spa (where. let's not forget, he took his first pole with McLaren) and at Suzuka, he won in the dry. Most non-fans would probably have laughed you out if you'd told them this would happen, even at the end of 2009 (not me, though, I always believed that he had it in him).
Edited by ermo, 06 November 2012 - 11:36.