Pollock and F1: what's changed?

With Craig Pollock bidding seriously to return to the F1 managerial hot seat with Arrows (see link below) it appears that Jacques Villeneuve's manager and mentor has undergone something of a change of heart

Pollock and F1: what's changed?

Some time ago, in the midst of political machinations at British American Racing, Pollock admitted that if he had to go through what he'd already experienced over again, he would think very seriously about getting involved in Formula 1 team management again.

So, what's changed?

"The hardest thing with British American Racing was continually having to put decisions through a board or committee," he said. "The minute you are run and managed by a committee you are potentially being set up for failure. If I had to do that again I definitely wouldn't want to be involved. An F1 team has to be a form of benevolent dictatorship otherwise it really doesn't work. The final decision has to rest on the shoulders of one person and decisions have to be extremely fast.

Pollock confirmed that his un-named American backers were happy to have him at the helm.

"Yes, scary isn't it?" he smiled. "The funny thing is, I'm not scared and that's not arrogance. There are few people in the paddock today able to do the due diligence on a Formula 1 team. Look at those that have evolved. You've got Frank Williams, Ron Dennis, Eddie Jordan and Peter Sauber who could go in and lead a team and know exactly what you need.

"I happen to come into that category, not because of my experience up and down the pit lane but because of my experience, along perhaps with Ove Andersson at Toyota, of having to build something up from zero and put the structure in place."

shares
comments
Pollock confident of Arrows deal

Previous article

Pollock confident of Arrows deal

Next article

Jordan Confirm Ford Deal

Jordan Confirm Ford Deal
Load comments
How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't Plus

How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't

Last year's Formula 2 runner-up Callum Ilott could be on his way to becoming the first Briton to contest a grand prix in an Alfa Romeo since Reg Parnell in 1950. But, says OLEG KARPOV, the Ferrari Driver Academy protege is having to temper his ambition at the moment – outwardly at least…

The signs that point to F1's rude health Plus

The signs that point to F1's rude health

OPINION: Formula 1's calendar might still be facing disruption as the pandemic affects travel but, says MARK GALLAGHER, the business itself is fundamentally strong thanks to the epic rivalry taking place on track and the consistent arrival of new sponsors

Formula 1
Jul 24, 2021
The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat Plus

The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat

OPINION: Formula 1's sprint race trial at Silverstone drew mixed feedback on Saturday, but there remained the true test of how it would impact Sunday's Grand Prix. While fans were busy marvelling at Fernando Alonso's progress, a key lesson was being learned that would directly contribute to the dramatic lap one clash at Copse the following day

Formula 1
Jul 22, 2021
The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt Plus

The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt

OPINION: Formula 1’s 2021 title fight turned ugly last weekend when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the start of the British Grand Prix. Verstappen thankfully walked away unharmed, but this had been a clash long-since coming

Formula 1
Jul 21, 2021
Will 2022's all-new cars look like F1's concept model? Plus

Will 2022's all-new cars look like F1's concept model?

Formula 1 provided its clearest example yet of what the 2022 cars are set to look like when it presented a full-scale concept to the world during the build-up to last weekend’s British Grand Prix. Underneath the special shiny livery was a design that hinted at the future, but teams will be digging into key areas that may reap differing results

Formula 1
Jul 20, 2021
British Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

British Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 British Grand Prix will live long in the memory for the dramatic clash between Formula 1's two title protagonists, which opened the door for other drivers to capitalise. One did so in spectacular fashion, while others fluffed their lines

Formula 1
Jul 19, 2021
How Leclerc almost defied Hamilton after F1 title rivals’ Silverstone clash Plus

How Leclerc almost defied Hamilton after F1 title rivals’ Silverstone clash

A poor start for Valtteri Bottas and the lap one clash between Formula 1's 2021 title protagonists gave Charles Leclerc a surprise lead in the British Grand Prix that he almost held to the end. Here's how the Ferrari driver came close to a famous victory, ultimately denied by a recovering Lewis Hamilton three laps from home

Formula 1
Jul 19, 2021
The signs that suggest Mercedes can win the Silverstone F1 race Plus

The signs that suggest Mercedes can win the Silverstone F1 race

Red Bull and Max Verstappen scored an early blow against Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes at Silverstone, with sprint qualifying race victory. But that doesn’t mean Sunday’s grand prix is a foregone conclusion. Although Verstappen starts as the favourite, here’s why Mercedes still holds hope of winning

Formula 1
Jul 18, 2021