Hoffman900 wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:13 pm
PlatinumZealot wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:37 pm
Agreed. I think Senna was the fastest, but unfortunately his career hadn't gotten to the stage as Michael or Lewis, that was about developing a team around him. I wasnt watching back then, but just going by historical records he seemed to penomenon, but still a hired hand, more than prime motivator? Correct me If i am wrong here.
In the Patrick Head interview, he mentioned that Senna was a brilliant technical driver in the little they got to work together, they all just never got the chance for it to come to fruition for obvious reasons. He said he was probably the strongest of anyone he worked with, which would include Prost.
This isn’t fan wishes, this is right from the horses mouth.
28:00 for Prost, about a minute later for Senna.
I am not sure if people want to read his comments to suit a certain desire. He said, his favorite was Alan Jones due to a variety of reasons.
He said, "we had a few drivers, who thought they understood engineering" in a more sarcastic way.
He then spoke about Prost with more respect and said, probably his understanding of the cars came with experience, which happens with most drivers. Prost was angry for most part in 1993 as that FW14 was anything that Prost had ever driven due to it's active suspension and his past experience became useless in terms of adjusting the behavior of the car.
He said, Senna was more methodical in the short time they worked with him and got a feeling that he probably could have proved to be more technical in nature. It didn't happen though. You feel more sympathy in Patrick's words there than facts, which was natural.
He also talked about his experience with Nigel for 1992 and that was very enlightening as how his feedback changed the car and the car was around 3 seconds quicker! He spoke at length about Nigel's ability to maneuver car quickly.
Drivers aren't engineers and very good engineers would always think the drivers' technical knowledge is just good enough to scratch the surface, like Patrick said. Some drivers pick up setting up of car well than others and that doesn't necessarily make them "technical or engineering minded". It baffles me when more credit is given to drivers' non-driving technical abilities than to give it to the engineers who understand what driver communicates to them in lay man engineering terms, but then bring actual engineering solutions to meet those needs.
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