Ex-FIA chief Max Mosley say Formula One drivers earn too much and again advocates his long proposed budget model as the solution for F1’s woes.
Lewis Hamilton will earn up to 30 million euros this year, with Alonso and Vettel earning the similar amounts and more.
Speaking to ‘GQ’, Moseley describes these figures as ‘absurd’, though it is worth remembering Michael Schumacher in his pomp earned more than Hamilton does under his new contract.
Max’s argument is that races are not that bothered about the total amount they earn, but the amount in relation to other drivers.
“If I were running the sport, each team would be get the same amount of money, then they could invest more in the driver and less in the car – or vice versa”.
100m euros is the level Moseley argues is where the budget cap limit on spend should be set, this would see teams having to raise just around 10 million above and beyond the payments from FOM – before they hit the spending ceiling.
Whilst unlikely to happen, this could reveal the worth teams place on the driver over and above the car.
However, in actuality the drivers would just receive direct payments from sponsors, over and above the 100 million team spend limit.
This remuneration would of course be for marketing services rendered, ‘unrelated’ to Formula One.