Good insight, just don't think that Toto deserves all the credit. He is riding the wave created by Brawn, Nico and Schumacher just before the new engine spec. Also, he was not perfect but now you can see how good Nico really was. Ferrari may have the better car but Merc is the better team
We agree. It is just that Toto has the most prominent voice to the media/public, but I did give credit to the broader team. I agree on the Nico part, too. Boy did Merc's setup nightmares begin the moment he retired. They manage around it, but when Nico left, they did lose valuable work/input. Funny, they use the term diva to describe the car at times, something that came to be when Nico was no longer around.
There is big money spent on management consulting and sports psychology by some teams. It's no secret,
, that Ferrari's management-by-fear approach has faded only slightly over the years, and has damaged drivers and team members over the years, sometimes driving talent away. Binnotto's approach appears more modern and progressive, and this is worth watching.
Arrivabene was typical Ferrari.
During the glory years, the collection of Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, Nigel Stepny and Michael Schumacher were mentally tough enough to wrestle control and/or simply power through the Italian politics and management style.