Johnston wrote: Zoue wrote: Johnston wrote: Zoue wrote:
Johnston wrote:It also shows that driving is not the prime reason for handing out the car keys and as you point out sponsorship comes into the equation when it comes to picking drivers. If a driver has been picked for his sponsorship over driving then sponsorship has become the prime reason. And as you say yourself the sponsorship comes first.
er, nooo, that's not what I said at all. I've always maintained that teams will pick the best drivers they can afford.
And that the prime element of the role
is racing. Nothing I have said above contradicts that.
nice try, though
I'm off now as I need my beauty sleep. Happy to pick this up with you tomorrow.
It does contradict it.
If money comes before talent then Money is the prime factor not talent.
It doesn't contradict it at all. Try reading the earlier posts instead of jumping on the bandwagon at the end.
If money was the prime factor they'd just go for the cheapest driver possible, but that doesn't happen. They look at proven winners and then decide which one they can afford to get. Therefore driving ability is the prime factor, followed by affordability.
And I'm not sure why you and ashley313 keep trying to move the goalposts. The debate started when ashley313 claimed that racing was not the prime element of the job
, which is nonsense. The drivers are hired to race,
not to turn up and wave to the crowds. Their main role is to race the car, with everything else being secondary. How you two can even attempt to argue otherwise is beyond me.
so what was the prime factor in Marussia taking Chilton over Valsechhi ? Or Sauber taking Esteban over Kamuai?
I believe I've already answered that above. Not sure how else you want me to put it, but here goes:
hiring decision in every
walk of life has a budget attached to it. That doesn't mean that money is the main motivator for the hire, but it does mean that it needs to be taken into account. I don't know of any successful business that doesn't have some kind of budgetary limit.
I occasionally need sales people for my company. In making my shortlist I look at the applicants' CVs and track record in selling, as well as recommendations from clients and other sources. A broad outline of potential remuneration will usually be communicated to the candidates prior to setting up any meetings. If some withdraw as a result, I will usually focus my attention on the remaining candidates and start the interview process with them. Various discussions will take place, covering the core functions of the role and also ascertaining whether the individual is the right fit for the rest of the team and/or company. At the end of the process I will make an offer to the candidate who I feel will be best able to fulfil the demands of the role. Money plays an important part, but I will not take a cheaper candidate if I feel that another affordable one is better suited to the job, even if they cost slightly more. On the other hand, I won't mortgage the company just to bring on the best salesperson around. I want the best salesperson for the role, at the right price.
At every stage of the process the main attributes I am looking for are those that will allow the salesperson to bring in the best business for my company. As important as money is, it's a secondary consideration. And once aboard, as much as I want a team player I want above all else someone who goes out there and generates business. If he/she spends all day near the coffee machine talking to colleagues then they wouldn't be doing the job I hired them to do. Equally, once on board money tends to fade in the background as it has all been agreed up front. They should then focus on the job at hand, which is selling.
Now substitute selling for racing above and you should get the general gist. I hope this covers things for you. Now perhaps you can answer why you feel that the primary function of a racing driver is not to race, instead of digressing into hiring attributes.