> ->> > I think it's sad that a team can't give equal equipment and
> ->> > preparation to both its drivers.
> I think it's unrealistic to expect absolutley equivelent treatment, what of the
> Arrows situation ? Are you going to give Diniz the same level of development
> time that you would Hill ?
Obviously I don't mean absolutely equivalent to the last lap of
testing. I mean both drivers should get equal (give or take a little)
testing for setups, and new parts should find there way onto car number
two within a race of them appearing on car number one. F1 is supposed
to be for 2-car teams. If a team can't prepare 2 cars, they shouldn't
be in it.
> ->Yes, except then all the Schumacher fans tell us how wonderful he is,
> ->how much faster than his team mate he is, and how he has inferior
> ->equipment to Hill or Senna or Villeneuve when in reality he has the
> ->whole team behind him rather than just half of it.
> We'll accept that as dramatic hyperbole...
Which part of it do you consider exaggeration? Most Schumacher fans
seem happy to admit that Benetton and Ferrari last year put their
efforts into Schumacher, not Schu and his team mate.
> ->> The job for a team owner is first of all to get good results
> ->> for the team (and satisfy the sponsors) and definitely not
> ->> to give his drivers a good time. The drivers are doing a job
> ->> for the team and not the other way around.
> ->I understood it was a symbiotic relationship.
> You want it to be symbiotic relationship.
Do you mean that a driver willingly signs for a team at the detriment of
his career? I assumed that a driver signed expecting that his career
would be furthered by the signing. You possibly think of them as nomex
> ->"Sometimes I have to do things that prevent me from working on my own
> ->set-up, like tyre evaluations, so that Michael can spend his practice
> ->time on qualifying and race set-up, but that's not a big issue."
> I don't see a problem there, wouldn't that be SOP, for any team, if there was a
> tire question, or a setup difficulty ?
Possibly, but it's another small example of how Schumacher's job is made
easier to the detriment of his team mate.
> The only thing I know for sure about MS's contract is the spare car is always
> set to mirror the settings on his race car. Given the disproportion in their
> salaries, and success histories, that hardly seems burdensome. That one driver
> on a team gets priority for new bits, etc., is hardly limited to one team, and
> certainly wasn't created by Schumacher.
Johnny Herbert used to say that his race car was set up to Schumacher's
settings as well. That would be more burdensome.