SIDEPOD, on Mar 7 2007, 05:38 AM, said:
Bar-Honda had a great year immediately after JV left...
BMW are projected to have a great 2007, which is also the year after JV left them...
Is this change in form down to:
A ) JV's input bearing fruit (and he not being around to eat them!!) OR
B ) JV's departure from a team brings them good luck!
BTW anyone has an idea on what happened to Williams the year following JV's departure from them after he won the title?
Luckily nojvnof1 and the other JVians have left the forum!
I disagree entirely that teams' performance increased thanks to JV's departure. 2004 BAR would've been competitive whether JV was there or not. They designed & built the car whilst JV was still there, so that ruins the theory.
Williams went downhill in 1998 mainly due to loss of Renault works engines, loss of Rothmans title sponsorship, loss of Newey to mclaren, it had nothing to do with JV, who incidentally had a pretty good 1998 season.
As for BMW, well last year they were still pretty much Sauber repainted. Their change in competitiveness is down to being bought out by a huge manufacturer, not sacking JV!!!