I'll asky you this.
A job comes up in the motorsport news. .
On average 4 days a week PR duty, 1 day racing.
Which is the primary factor of the job?
Who is going to get the job?
The world class racer who is socially inept and can't talk in public Or the Satisfactory racer exemplary in front of an audience and after dinner speeches ?
What? you've taken the extreme of someone not doing PR but not the extreme of the other, if you wanted to take it to the extreme you have to say it for the both which would be "The world class racer who is socially inept and can't talk in public Or the awful driver that cant figure out to change gears but who is exemplary in front of an audience and after dinner speeches?"
But that's still stupid, what you should be asking is "would you take the World class driver who's average at PR but doesn't enjoy it as much or an Average driver that enjoys PR?"I know which i'd take in both cases if i was taking a driver to put into my racing team. I'll ask you again, would you rather have the team: Jim Clark & Raikkonen or Karun Chandhok & some other average driver who likes PR?
Also, being good in the public doesn't mean you are a more marketable person, talent sells a lot more than personality, i dont think anyone would argue that Heikki is more charismatic, but as Coulthard wrote "when it was him [Hamilton] with Heikki Kovalainen it did not take a genius to guess which driver the sponsor was going to want for their contracted time." (http://www.formula1blog.com/2011/07/26/ ... ing-races/
A driver that doesn't have what it takes talent-wise, no matter how much of a smooth talker he is, will not bring in as many sponsorship deals as a driver that is more talented, even though they might not have the same level of charisma.
Not about what I like, I don't run a multi million pound business that relies on other peoples money funding it.
If talent sells better than personality how come the top 2 in GP2 aren't getting a look in but yet 3rd, 4th and I think 6th are?
How come someone who hasn't even raced in GP2 is getting a shot?
If there is something that stands in the way of talent. Talent can't be king can it?
If the best talent keeps getting skipped over, if the teams are willing to lose the best talented drivers or indeed not even make a move for them then Talent isn't king. doesn't matter if it is trophies PR days Money or the permission to use the Team Principles private potty. If the team think that one thing is more important to keep than getting the talent. then there is something more important than talent.
If Talent was king, paid drivers wouldn't exist and the best team would have the 2 best drivers. Yet of all unless you think Webber is better than alonso and Hamilton never mind the other WDCs like Kimi and Button that simply isn't true.
Or would you like to explain why neither Ferrari or Red Bull were interested in Lewis? (And remember simon Fuller admitted talking to both)