Eh? The FW-16 (which won the constructors title) was a stinker? As was the MP4-16 which came second in the WCC? Newey rarely makes a "stinker", sure they're sometimes a tad unreliable but more often than not they're quality racing cars.
I suspected that this might come up. I would argue that Williams had the stronger driver line up, whilst Benetton continually switched between Jos and JJ Lehto, which did neither driver any favours. If you compared the '92 and '93 challengers to the '94 car, the difference is astounding. Schumacher's ban and DSQs helped the team massively to the WCC.
I assume you highlighted the MP4-16 as an issue also, so I will comment. The car was third fastest over the course of the season, falling behind BMW Williams in only their second year as a partnership. They should have challenged for the title, but it was sewn up by Ferrari in Hungary. The car was not fast enough, regardless of reliability (which I have not really mentioned as Mercedes was more responsible than Newey for the dogs of '02 and '06 for instance).
Edited by Disgrace, 06 August 2013 - 23:16.