GOAT: Greatest of All Teams
A Dream Team that Would Dominate F1
With Lewis Hamilton winning his seventh world title and matching Michael Schumacher's record of most World Championships, the debate about the greatest driver of all time (or GOAT) has been sparked once again. However, I wanted to do something different. I decided to go through the annals of history and find out what could be the fastest team ever.
I decided to choose what I feel would be a dream team with money no object. I chose a team principle, three drivers (two to race and one reserve driver), an engine and a chassis that when put together might break every record in the history books and might create some new ones too. Here is what I believe would be the GOAT: Greatest of All Teams.
Team Principal: Ross Brawn
Ross Brawn During his Tenure at Mercedes. Photo: Mercedes AMG Petronas.
No one came even close to challenging Ross Brawn as the Greatest Team Principle simply because of how long he was active and the number of revolutionary decisions he took as a leader at Benetton, Ferrari and then Mercedes.
He started out as an engineer in Williams before moving to Haas, Arrows and then Jaguar in sports cars. However, he rose to fame as Technical Director at Benetton, where he signed Michael Schumacher and then won two World Titles with the underdog team. He followed Schumacher to Ferrari and along with Jean Todt, the two of them masterminded the most successful period in the Scuderia's history by winning five consecutive World Titles between 2000-2004.
He left Ferrari and joined Honda in 2007. Honda pulled the plug just before the start of the 2009 season and it was up to him to rescue the team. He bought the team, rebranded it as Brawn GP and took the World Championship in their first and only attempt. The team was bought by Mercedes in 2010 and Brawn joined as Team Principal.
He managed to lure Michael Schumacher out of retirement to partner Nico Rosberg and then made the decision that is responsible for Mercedes' domination of Formula 1: signing Lewis Hamilton in 2013. He left Mercedes after the 2013 season and was appointed the Managing Director of Formula 1 in 2017, a role which he has fulfilled ever since and has brought great glory to the sport.
Drivers: Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton
Senna, Hamilton and Schumacher. Photo: SkySports-skysports.com/f1/news/12430/11088213/where-does-lewis-hamilton-stand-among-formula-1s-greats-after-his-fourth-f1-world-title
These three are definitely the greatest drivers of the modern era and one of the greatest ever in the history of the sport. I am too young to have seen Senna or Schumacher in his prime but the stories of their utter bravery, brilliance and dominance have an almost mythical feeling to them. Both of them had the ability to destroy rivals and dominate them on and off the track. Be it Senna's wet drive in Donnington or Schumacher's win in Spain while stuck in fifth gear, these stories give these two a superhero stature at least in the minds of younger fans who have not watched them.
Hamilton's inclusion needs no explanation to any fan who has seen him dominate week in week out for the past four seasons with no one even challenging him for the title. However, even before his time at Mercedes, he proved himself to be one of the greats by almost winning the title in his rookie year at Mclaren and then following it up with the title itself the next year. Unlike Senna and Schumacher who seem like warriors, Hamilton has an air of grace around his driving style. He never fights the car and has a surreal ability to save his tyres and win races. Put these three in the same team and no one would even come close to winning even a single race.
Engine: Mercedes 2014-20
Bricksworth Has Clearly Produced The Best Engines of The Current Formula. Photo: Mercedes AMG Petronas
Mercedes have dominated the current formula. They have got the most victories and points in the current formula and are only behind Ferrari in the all time wins list. Their engines, though not always the most powerful have been there or thereabouts in terms of power and are clearly the most reliable of the lot. Besides focusing on power delivery, efficiency and environment are also important for Bricksworth, Mercedes' engine factory, as they achieved 50% thermal efficiency in 2018. Not one to sit back on its laurels, Mercedes have produced faster, more efficient and reliable engines every year. The Mercedes engine would improve any car and paired with the right chassis, it will almost always win any race it competes in.
Chassis: Lotus 72
Lotus 72. Photo: Goodwood Road and Racing-https://www.goodwood.com/grr/race/historic/2020/9/the-nine-best-f1-cars-of-all-time/
The Lotus 72 was a revolutionary F1 car designed by the legendary designer Colin Chapman. It had many revolutionary design ideas that are still the basis of today's cars. It had inboard brakes, side mounted radiators and an overhead air intake, all of which was unheard of at the time. Driven by Jochen Rindt, the 72 won 4 of its first 5 races in the 1970 season. After Rindt's death in a crash at Monza that year, it was piloted by Emerson Fittipaldi and Ronnie Peterson over the next five years.
It won 20 of the 75 races it entered and won 3 Constructors' and 2 Drivers' Championships in the six years it raced. Its greatness was proven by its longevity as it still holds the record of the longest time between first and last wins for a chassis. It remained competitive for 5 seasons and cemented its place as one of the most legendary and iconic cars of F1 history.
Though everyone is entitled to form their own opinions, the team formed by the above combination would be truly dominant and would be a great spectacle to watch. I have no doubt that almost anyone who goes about making their own GOAT would have atleast one of the above mentioned components in it. No matter which era one considers, this team would surely be dominant in it.