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Re: News and Stuff!
Posted by: Sweeper
Date: 26/11/2018 19:53
All said, I would like to ask Gunk & Sweeper one question:
Put yourself in Williams management clothes and forget about 2018...It's the early 2017 and you can get a technical director...Who do you select? Was it anyone else who could rival Lowe's achievements? Were you able to ignore the title winning team TD?

I'd take Newey (Sm128). On a more serious note - I tend to recruit on skill, personality and attitude, relying mostly on achievements means you are either not able to judge by yourself here and now, or have a personal preference to rely on external assurance (which is fine as it is the preference of half of the population - that's why you have auditors, awards, certs etc.). As a result, I might ignore the title winning team TD, if I thought he's not a good fit for the task - ie. has got good technical skills but is not a leader, or the other way round. Maybe a person able to make greatest progress with limited resources would be better than a person successfully using the lever of (comparatively) unlimited resources. Certainly it would be naive to think that I can just copy paste leadership between Mercedes and Williams, and expect the same results.

Your views in fact are not contradictory to ours. It may be that all those otherwise successful people failed at Williams, because they were not good enough for the task. Or Williams is a toxic and fundamentally flawed organisation, which cannot be fixed even by a genius, because the people staying in power makes sure that nothing changes. Or actually both. I am leaning towards the question mark around Paddy, as I have the feeling he's been given (or has taken) responsibility for a complete vision, from the car, to the driver choice - and didn't do particularly well on either front. The result is that 2019 will be someone else's vision (Claire's? Frank's?), Paddy is likely to be put deeper into the garage to have the car - and the car only - delivered, with Robert having Claire's trust, possibly because his assertions during the season were right. That's what I sense and read from the information available - and I am certainly sure that Paddy was silent not because he was busy in the garage.

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