donskar wrote:Thanks for the details. I just wonder if he has done any significant design work since 1992. I think of a race engineer as a person who sets up someone else's design rather than a person who takes part in or oversees design. Am I missing something?
PS: Very happy to have him aboard -- lots of experience with successful teams.
What you need to do technical role?
Ferrari had already design team fully covered and that is J Allison. James just now need new tech support on track operations. He also need good lateral thinker which understood F1 engineering well and know how optimally setup the car.
Meantime James could just fully concentrate on design, create new ideas, review reports from Jock and its fellow engineers from Maranello departments like windtunnel, CFD and PU etc.
Even so if its Jock additionally motivated he could also "explain" some tricks from Merc team and provide freesh ideas on the table. Ideas about setup and how adapt design to make the life easier for mechanics and report how car responds on diff track demands etc.
Even so there is also "social" factor. To be leader of group in so competitive sport like F1 you need "crazy", "special", dedicated people. People with charisma.
You need people witch works 24/7 and had smile on its face every time and make good relationships with its fellow coworkers (or it young/senior engineer, garbage man, it doesn't matter). From my outside view i had no confirmation or knowledge of its personality. I had no idea how is Jock motivated or about its work methods with group of people but i m sure that he must have brain&heart on right place (cuz he is damm long in this circus).
There are just plenty of things in witch Jock could help Allison&co.
"And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you're no longer a racing driver..." Ayrton Senna