In Summary, Money doesn't buy success. Toyota used to have highest budget, yet could barely produce success. It's always the right people who bring success. Brawn is one of those genius people who always has had a clear vision for achieving success in differing circumstances and changing times. He always said, "Michael is the best driver and a reference for other drivers". One can't get a better evidence of greatness when it comes from a genius himself. Definitely not from arm chair experts on public forums, filled with hatred for one driver, looking at opportunities to pull that driver down and the only reason they like other drivers is just for that exact hate.Jolle wrote: ↑Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:12 pmFor why Philip Morris isn't working anymore? probably the same reason it stopped working in '92. Rule changes (with having the wrong tire), key members of the team that left (Brawn, Todt and Byrne to some degree) and the replacements never impressed enough. Plus Mercedes took on the challenge with a slightly different approach with an equal or even greater bankroll.
Since Todt and Brawn leaving Ferrari they never looked stable. You may disagree but that all three team principles after Brawn/Todt didn't leave on their own free will says enough for me. The Ferrari/Philip Morris contract is up for renewal at the end of 2020 and could possibly turn a lot on it's head. Philip Morris is quite rigid in how they approach racing and far from loyal. If you compare '96 with Ferrari to '80 with Project Four (or even Agostini '81 and Roberts '91), they are mirror images. They could easily pick up everything, pick up Honda, buy/invest in a team like Williams, get the champion that is available and win/dominate in 2025.
Brawn was instrumental in pulling Michael to Benetton and even with smaller budget, the trio of Brawn, Michael and Byrne won 2 championships. It was Michael who was instrumental in bringing both of them to Ferrari. You should listen to an interview with Byrne who talks about how messy the whole Ferrari organization was and how much sanity they needed to bring. Philip Morris was just a bank account. They never had any vision.