Agreed. If it informs anything, Ineos Gernadiers pro cycling as the best funded team have had their worst year on record by miles, but there is no talk of throwing in the towel.If Mercedes AMG F1 design team can deliver him the fastest boat yes he has a chance. I think your slightly missing the point that I badly tried to put forward. In his last campaign he failed badly and that was largely his fault. He tried to do too much IMO. This time around it seems from the outside the funders have a different approach and have advised Ben accordingly. I think this time around could be their last unless they win the challenger series? I could be wrong but they need to win the series and face NZ for the Cup. As the challenger of record I think this must happen.
Ben was wearing too many hats in auckland. So that kind of goes opposite against the "just there for the paycheque" idea.
The other issue is that maybe he is not the best driver, but i don't see him giving that up. Dual helm will inform that.
but yes, it really does come down mainly to the boat. Jimmy Spithill won the AC twice, both with the better boat. then he lost it in the next two finals to Peter Burling who both times had the better boat. I don't think that proves much of them as sailors. I have a sneaking suspision that the design team could throw a lot of combined marginal gains and come up with a rocketship here that makes it a cakewalk come sailing time.