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Re: News and Stuff!
Posted by: Myvatn
Date: 03/11/2019 11:06
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And in Lowe's case, I wouldn't exclude that he is the main culprit of his own career ending disaster at Williams.

Who knows. Almost everything I read suggests there were big problems with the tunnel before the Lowe/De Beer project - both Wurz and Symonds can testify to this . . . and it continued because the Coughlan low downforce project didn't really trouble it. If you were following the job vacancies, almost the entire tunnel team was replaced.

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Coughlan and Symonds both were involved in major scandals before being hired by Williams - and that was the main reason they were hired by Williams and not by other teams.

That hardly means they weren't excellent at their jobs, with many years in championship winning teams. Good people last 5 minutes at Williams because the management sucks.
It could be there were problems with the tunnel of course. But I would take declarations with a pinch of salt - Lowe himself said that correlation was very good back in 2017. We will never know for sure, but my impression is that Lowe just never managed to fully control and coordinate the technical team - if this is due to his own fault, by the team resisting his ideas or a combination of both it is impossible to tell from the outside. But when a team using the same engine for the 5th consecutive year makes mistakes on the cooling system (as happened in 2018) I think it can only be due to lack of coordination - Lowe’s main task.

As for Coughlan and Symonds, yes, they were very good. And they didn’t last 5 minutes - both were with the team for multiple seasons and in Symonds’ case these were very successful seasons. My point is that their careers were over well before they joined Williams.

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