Sawtooth-spike wrote:Also Mike Coughlan is joining them. Dont know if this is a Good PR move given his past history (spygate).
I dont think Sam and Tomlinson falling on the swords will improve the situation at williams. Love the team and the history, but i think they are a shadow of their former selves. I cant seems them compeating with the Big boys again.
All IMHO: No question: it's bad PR, now that they are publicly traded. It might have some small impact on their share price, but not disastrous.
For several years, Sam Michael (never trust a man with two first names . . . ) acted as Williams' spokesperson. I always thought, "OK, he has some tech skill combined with some public speaking ability -- good fit." Then one day he is tech director. I always thought that was sort of odd. Whatever, Williams clearly does not have the tech ability to compete with the big boys (and I remember when Williams WAS one of the big boys.) Coughlan gives them more tech depth, but they also have to add two more top people to replace Michael and Tomlinson. Lots of turmoil. Not good.
Let's face it: we spend a lot of time talking about Williams because of their past greatness. In reality, sadly, they have been irrelevant for years.
Enzo Ferrari was a great man. But he was not a good man. -- Phil Hill