F1 » Drivers better than GMs as team bosses


A 60-year study shows teams headed by 'experts' such as former drivers take more chequered flags than those led by general managers.

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sodesu - Unregistered

July 20, 2012 10:56 AM

Prost had some success even though they never quite reached the top. There are reasons for this that go way beyond Alain's leadership.

However, "Former top drivers, such as Jean Todt"? Was he ever actually a driver? I though he started his career as a rally co-driver...

Taz

July 20, 2012 10:58 AM

One fluky win in the wet at Monaco, the cars were never really competitive. Not all his fault but he was in charge.

Todt was a co-driver as was Dave Richards of Prodrive.

Taipan

July 20, 2012 11:44 AM

"The findings come from London's Cass Business School and the University of Sheffield, where academics analysed every F1 race - almost 18,000 - staged in the last 60 years"

Now far be it for me to question the wisdom of accademics, however I do see a minor flaw in their work. There have been 867 F1 GP's which to my mind is not almost 18000!!

Taipan

July 20, 2012 12:55 PM

Sodesu, It's a bit of a grey area but there were around 220 "non championship" races, quite a few of them were between 1945 and 1950 before the championsip was started.
Where they came up with 18,000 is beyond me.

Ganna Pogrebna - Unregistered

July 25, 2012 1:46 PM

Dear sodesu,

Our definition of driver-leader is anyone who have had experience as a driver in competitive autosport events in the past. Jean Todt was a rally co-driver from 1966 to 1981 and came second in the 1981 World Rally Championship together with Guy Frequelin.

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